Landscape design & build for Tacoma

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the Tacoma area is one of our favorites. Mid-sized and mighty, Tacoma features gorgeous views of both the Puget Sound and Mt Rainier – the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest tends to hit you over the head throughout the city.

Tacoma backyard patio with shade
Climate & Plants

The city itself features gentle hills sloping toward the water, with trees and plants bursting out of just about any unbuilt space. Conifers abound, leaving no doubt that you are indeed in the Pacific Northwest.

Outdoor Living

Against this backdrop, Tacoma’s population steadily grows, with many artists, young professionals, and other Seattleites trading the size and expense of Seattle for a city that is more intimate and affordable, yet no less culturally or naturally vibrant.

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, Tacoma 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 Tacoma’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

Bellevue front yard with lawn and concrete driveway


What are popular design styles in Tacoma?

Landscape designs in Tacoma often lean toward iconic 20th century American features: front lawns, hedges, border planting. With lots of historic housing throughout the city, including numerous craftsmen homes, a landscape that nods to the past can feel appropriate.

As with other northwestern cities, plantings commonly feature species native to the region . Conifers in particular – both full-size trees and dwarf cultivars – are commonly included to express the distinct identity of the northwestern landscape.

What are some favorite plant species in Tacoma?

Of the many wonderful natives available for use in landscape designs, here are a few outstanding options:

Vine maple


Vaccinium ovatum

Dicentra formosa

→ Amelanchier alnifolia

For those looking to branch beyond the local, here are some tried-and-true introduced species that perform well in Seattle:

→ Japanese maple

→ Pieris japonica

→ Heuchera cultivars


And for those looking to include a nod to the regional conifers but lacking the space for a full-size tree, there is a wide range of dwarf conifers available, including cultivars of cypress, arborvitae, and spruce.

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

The damp climate makes drainage a factor that Tacoma landscapes must accommodate. Cover slopes with planting to control erosion and stabilize soil. Minimizing erosion will protect local waterways and help capture pollutants on site.

Frequent rain also raises maintenance challenges. Stormwater management techniques – namely, using impermeable surfaces to channel and capture runoff in designated areas – can recharge groundwater while minimizing the mess that unchecked stormwater can create.

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.

Tacoma house with wooden fence and a patio with trellis and hanging lights



Locals know that there is nothing like those long, warm, summer nights in Seattle, and this small backyard sets the scene for one of those magical evenings. Learn more about the pricing for this backyard in our Guide to Landscaping Costs.



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 Tacoma:

Artondale, Buckley, Carbonado, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Elk Plain, Fife, Fircrest, Fox Island, Frederickson, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Parkland, Prairie Ridge, Puyallup, Roy, Ruston, South Hill, Spanaway, Steilacoom, Sumner, Place, Waller, and Wilkeson.

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