Landscape design & build for Potomac

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the Potomac area is one of our favorites. Famed for grand homes with large lawns, Potomac offers stark contrast to D.C.’s urban density.

Potomac yard design with patio, fireplace, pool and trees around

If your tastes skew toward the grand and green, Potomac has you covered. Architecture in Potomac skews traditional, and landscape designs follow suit.


In addition to ubiquitous lawns, homes commonly feature foundation planting, hedges, and orderly arrangements of blooming favorites like Hydrangeas, coneflowers, and daylilies. Large trees heavily punctuate the city, offering attractive dappled light, cooling shade, and statuesque focal points at most every turn.


While Potomac is not a foot-traffic kind of community, its gorgeous natural landscape and ample space lend itself to outdoor entertaining – just make sure you provide relief from the summer heat and heat sources for the cold winters.


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, Potomac 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 Potomac’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

Potomac yard with pool and lounge chairs on concrete floors and beautiful plants around


What are popular design styles in Potomac?

Landscape designs in Potomac overwhelmingly evoke the English colonial design tradition: expansive lawns, foundation planting, hedges, orderly rows of colorful flowers, with the occasional stately tree as a focal point. Materials skew toward a traditional feel as well, with red brick, natural stone, or cobble-esque pavers dominating hardscape design.

What are some favorite plant species in Potomac?

Boxwood hedges are a staple in Potomac, as are perennial flowers like Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, and Hemerocallis. Little bluestem grass is a popular option that is known to be used in modern designs as well as the traditional designs common to Potomac. Hollies are also popular for structural shrubs or privacy screens – try Ilex opaca if you are looking for a native species.

What factors do I need to pay attention to with Potomac landscapes?

While winters in Potomac do see some snow, summers are the real challenge for landscape designers. Plants should be selected to withstand summer heat and humidity.

Fungal diseases are another common issue that landscape designers face. Local nurseries can offer guidance about fungus-resistant species and cultivars.

When should I get started on my landscape project?

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

Utilizing the winter to work through the design phase sets you up to get on contractors’ books early in the build season, so you can have your design installed and ready to enjoy in time for summer.

Potomac backyard patio design with deck and outdoor light


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 Potomac:

Rockville, Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, Barnesville, Brookeville, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Somerset, and Washington Grove.