Landscape design & build for Winter Park

Yardzen designs everywhere in the U.S. and the Winter Park area is one of our favorites. So pleasant is the climate that it continues to lure cold-weary northerners south, as it has since the city’s founding well over a century ago.

Winter Park front yard with asphalt driveway and lush trees

Winter Park offers sultry summers, mild winters, and plenty of sunshine (aside from frequent summer thunderstorms). Landscape design can make the most of what Winter Park has to offer. Be it providing shade from 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 Winter Park 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, Winter Park 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 Winter Park’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

Winter Park backyard lawn with trees and gravel floors


What design styles are popular with Winter Park homeowners?

Winter Park landscapes tend toward the traditional. More formal examples call upon classic elements of the English colonial style like hedges, symmetrical evergreen accents, and, importantly, large lawns. More casual examples blend in bold pops of flower color in mulched beds, often mixing multiple colorful species to play foreground to a tidier set of background shrubs.

This being Florida, plants like palms and ferns work their way into many designs, expressing a little tropical flair regardless of style.

What are popular features in Winter Park landscapes?

Winter Park landscapes embrace outdoor living, frequently featuring outdoor kitchens and dining, flexible lounge spaces for entertaining friends, and even outdoor showers.

Swimming pools (big and small) are popular and effective choices for keeping cool through the summer heat. Pergolas are immensely popular as well, offering a comfortable outdoor “room”, a ready-made visual focal point, and functional flexibility.

Surprisingly, fire pits and hot tubs – also popular landscape elements – are also great amenities for the summer heat, offering a fun activity to get you outside during the cooler evening hours. Fire pits and hot tubs work double-duty, providing a heat source to keep you outside through the odd cold snap that hits the city.

Should I use plants native to Winter Park 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 to 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.

Looking for a few natives to get you started? Beautyberry, pink muhly grass, the sabal palm, and the Southern magnolia are popular local staples. And for those looking for hedges, the Southern wax myrtle makes for a great native option.

What are top considerations for Winter Park landscapes?

Drought tolerance may seem more of a concern for Western U.S. landscapes, but recent years have seen drought hit Central Florida. Drought tolerant plants, especially drought tolerant natives, can survive dry spells, and save you money on irrigation to boot. Sabal palm, passion flower, and pink Muhly grass are a few of many drought tolerant natives available for Florida landscapes.

Wind tolerance is another factor to consider. To avoid damage to your landscape, opt for plants like beautyberry, which can withstand hurricane winds.

Heavy rains also can raise drainage challenges. Utilizing proper stormwater management techniques can capture water in desirable locations, recharging groundwater while minimizing the mess that unchecked stormwater can spread across a property.

Given the abundant heat and sunshine, solar exposure should be accounted for – avoid blasting outdoor spaces with harsh late afternoon western light, unless shade trees or structures are being utilized.

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.

Winter Park yard with pool and outdoor kitchen with sitting area and lawn


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 Winter Park:

Apopka, Christmas, Clarcona, Gotha, Killarney, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Plymouth, Tangerine, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Zellwood.

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