Landscape design & build for New Canaan

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the New Canaan area is one of our favorites. One of the jewels of Connecticut’s Gold Coast, New Canaan boasts stunning homes, expansive properties, charming New England character, and a gorgeous natural landscape.

New Canaan yard with beautiful lawn and outdoor light and concrete walk way

While the downtown offers a chance to stroll through charming brick-lined streets, homes in New Canaan are often worlds unto themselves. Privacy is prized, with hedges and large lawns buffering houses from streets. Homes are grand and traditional, and landscapes follow suit, commonly evoking an English Colonial style to amplify historic character.


With golden falls and cold, snowy winters, landscapes in New Canaan offer a dramatic and dynamic display. Pleasant springs and hot, humid summers are abundantly green, and beckon residents to enjoy the outdoors – just make sure you have some shelter from summer sun and thunderstorms.

Landscape design can make the most of what New Canaan has to offer. Be it providing shade from summer sun, a warm nook for enjoying the cooler seasons, or simply a stronger sense of connection with the gorgeous surrounding landscape, Yardzen has done it all for our clients.

Design & Build

Whatever your landscape vision may be, Yardzen is ready to make it a reality, working with you to craft a landscape design that achieves the look, feel, and function you are dreaming of, then connecting you with a vetted contractor from Yardzen’s Pro Network to get your design built.



How Yardzen Works

Simple and thorough online process

Take a style quiz, share videos and photos of your existing outdoor space, and learn about the costs in our Yard Builder™ tool. Our design team will help you at every step of the process.


The easiest path to a final design you’ll love

Review your first design in our online Feedback Studio. You’ll be able to share feedback before we start incorporating your changes. A live design review call is also available to help get your project ready for installation.


Built by someone you (and Yardzen) trusts

We’ll translate your 3D design concepts into a detailed CAD plan that’s ready to install. Next, we’ll connect you to a vetted, New Canaan area landscape contractor who can bring your dream yard to life.


Custom designs for your unique outdoor space

We've built a database of plants, trees, and groundcovers that match to New Canaan’s planting zones, sun/shade/water requirements, aesthetic, and essential features like native plants. Using satellite and aerial imagery, coupled with your photo, video, and factoring in your details, we can create the outdoor space of your dreams.



Take our YardBuilder quiz to find out.

1. Tell us about your unique outdoor space

2. Answer a few questions about your dream yard

3. Get a personalized design package recommendation

New Canaan patio with fire place and hanging lights


What are popular design styles in New Canaan?

New Canaan landscapes are overwhelmingly traditional, calling upon classic elements of the English Colonial style, including hedges, symmetrical evergreen accents, and, importantly, large lawns. Flowers are presented with restraint – large blocks of white are more common than mixed displays of bolder color. Green dominates the scene. Elements of the natural landscape mingle with designed features – regional maples, birches, oaks, and other trees make for excellent specimens.

What are popular features in New Canaan landscapes?

Landscape designs in New Canaan embrace outdoor living, frequently featuring outdoor kitchens and dining, as well as flexible lounge spaces, designed to adapt to a variety of uses and group sizes.

Swimming pools are a popular request to manage those muggy summers, as are pergolas and canopy trees, which make the most of shade and breezes to keep you enjoying your time outside.

Surprisingly, fire pits and hot tubs – also popular landscape elements – are also great amenities for beating the heat, offering a fun activity for a cool outdoor evening. Both work double-duty, providing a heat source to keep you outside even when the weather turns cold.

Should I use plants native to New Canaan in my landscape?

No matter where you live, native plants are a great idea. Having evolved to thrive in the local climate, native plants typically require fewer inputs of water, fertilizer, and maintenance than species introduced from elsewhere. This translates great plant performance with less expense and fuss for homeowners.

At the same time, native plants offer unbeatable habitat value for local wildlife, and help designed landscapes feel connected to the broader regional landscape.

Evergreen hedges are a staple in New Canaan landscapes – low hedges near the home as a part of foundation planting, tall hedges around the perimeter to ensure privacy. Boxwoods are the classic low option, but hollies, including the native Ilex glabra, are popular choices as well.

Maples grow abundantly in Connecticut, New Canaan included, and make for fabulous specimen trees that link designed landscapes to the regional plant community.

Hemerocallis is a classic floral selection, though the eastern purple coneflower, blue-stemmed goldenrod, and New England aster are all excellent native alternatives.

What are top considerations for New Canaan landscapes?

Climate tolerance is the primary concern when selecting plants for a New Canaan landscape. Plants must be able to tolerate the significant swing from summer heat and humidity to winter chill and snow. Deciduous and herbaceous plants are common within these conditions.

Don’t forget to consider winter interest. Look for plants that bloom late in the fall and early in the spring. Incorporate trees and shrubs with colorful or architectural branches. Be considerate with placement of evergreens such that they can command the scene when other plants are in winter dormancy.

When should I get started on my landscape project?

Now! Any time of year is great to begin work on a landscape project.

New Canaan yard with beautiful plants and patio with concrete floors


This sloped backyard in Connecticut sets the scene for the ultimate summer vacation. Our designers used beautiful, rustic retaining walls to create usable space near the house. With smart design engineering, we carved out distinct spaces to fulfill the homeowners’ priorities: a small pool, fire pit, and room for a grill.



Highly suggest Yardzen. The online process made everything super easy and efficient. Thank you to the entire Yardzen team.

Shannon M., Yardzen client

Yardzen creates local landscape designs in and around New Canaan:

Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cos Cob, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwich, Hawleyville, Monroe, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Redding, Redding Center, Redding Ridge, Ridgefield, Riverside, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Sherman, Southport, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

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