Landscape design & build for San Antonio

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the San Antonio area is one of our favorites. Situated at the southern edge of Hill Country, San Antonio spreads across a landscape of woodland and grassland hills studded with oak and cedar trees.

San Antonio pool area with lounge chairs on deck, grasses and plants

Summers are long, hot, and humid, but people don’t seem to mind – outdoor living is on full display throughout the city, including at the famed River Walk.

Outside of summer, the weather is milder, save for the occasional winter cold snap. Writ large, San Antonio is a delightful place to spend time outside, particularly if you’re a heat lover.

Outdoor Living

Landscape design can make the most of what San Antonio has to offer. Be it providing shade from the summer sun, creating flexible spaces for indoor-outdoor living, or fostering a sense of connection with the native landscape, Yardzen has done it all for our San Antonio 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, San Antonio 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 San Antonio’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


San Antonio backyard showing deck and patio with pergola over lounge area, hut tub, outdoor kitchen and dining area


What design styles are popular with San Antonio homeowners?

Landscape designs in San Antonio shine when they embrace the regional landscape character, using native plants and earthy materials like limestone to add local flavor to designs, regardless of their style.

Planting designs tend toward a traditional suburban look, with shrub-heavy foundational planting and stately specimen trees. Lawns remain fairly popular, though as the commitment to drought-tolerant planting increases, many yards are opting to replace lawns with mixed plantings of climate-adapted and native species, complemented by decorative boulders and rock mulches.

What are popular features in San Antonio landscapes?

San Antonio landscape designs frequently feature amenities for outdoor living, from outdoor kitchens and dining areas, to lounge spaces for entertaining friends, to outdoor theaters for family movie nights.

Shade is a top priority in San Antonio landscapes. For many, existing trees do the trick. For others, pergolas, shade sails, or new shade trees are go-to strategies to keep outdoor spaces cool and comfortable. Swimming pools big and small, along with simpler decorative features, offer a cooling encounter, whether or not you actually get wet.

Landscape lighting is another popular strategy for beating the heat. By creating a pleasant environment after the sun has gone down, lighting helps residents make the most of cool summer evenings (just remember to turn the lights off when you head back inside).

Should I use plants native to San Antonio in my landscape?

Many species thrive in a place like San Antonio, but you’ll set yourself up for success if you begin by browsing native plant species.

Native plants evolved to thrive in the local climate, and are apt to perform better while requiring fewer inputs of water and maintenance than species introduced from other parts of the world. Not only do natives promise good performance, they also offer unbeatable habitat value for local wildlife. Honey mesquite, Mexican plum, yaupon holly, Turk’s cap, American beautyberry, Indiangrass, and Texas lantana are a handful of the many native species available for San Antonio landscape designs.

Our advice? Absolutely include natives in your design, though it’s just fine to also include a healthy dose of climate-adapted species, which should fare equally well in the San Antonio climate.

What are top considerations for San Antonio landscapes?

Heat management is a chief concern when designing a landscape in San Antonio. Outdoor spaces should be shaded and exposed to cooling breezes to keep them cool and comfortable.

Plants should also be selected to tolerate the climate. Choosing natives is a great way to minimize your water and maintenance requirements.

Water conservation is another key factor. Choosing low water native and climate-adapted ornamentals for your yard is an excellent way to keep water demands down. Removing or reducing lawns is often the most impactful choice a homeowner can make when trying to reduce their irrigation use. Talk to your designer about the many excellent alternatives to lawns that can be incorporated into landscape designs!

When should I start my landscaping project?

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

When possible, we suggest utilizing the winter to work through the design phase – this 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.

If winter has passed, don’t worry, it’s never too late in the year to begin work on a landscape design project.

San Antonio wooden fenced backyard with concrete decked pool, pool benches, trees, plants and lawn area

San Antonio Back Yard Design with pool and privacy fence


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

Shannon M., Yardzen client

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