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Florida Yard Landscape Design Ideas

By Axis Fuksman-Kumpa January 9, 2023

south florida front yard landscaping with large driveway, artificial grass, elephant plant, and drought tolerant plants

Tilly's talented landscape design team works with clients all across the country and all across Florida. During the Tilly process, homeowners are matched with a professional landscape designer who is familiar with their location in Florida to create a custom plan for their yard. You'll get to meet your landscape designer on a video call where you can show them your space, share your unique challenges, goals, and yard landscaping design needs.

Our Florida clients are looking to maximize Florida's warm weather and their indoor / outdoor living. The trends we see include everything from smart landscaping around pool areas, creating beautiful entertaining spaces, designing well-planned outdoor kitchens, creating smart shade solutions, landscape design plans incorporating pools and more.

We design for lush landscapes filled with tropical plants to more modern designs with ornamental grasses to zen gardens with gravel and rock features. We tailor our design materials depending where in Florida clients are based and understand what plants work where!

In this article we'll browse some Tilly Florida inspiration and share more information on Florida friendly landscaping.

florida landscaping ideas with flowering plants

What is Florida-friendly landscaping?

Did you know that Florida technically has four growing zones! You have North, Central, South, and Tropical Florida. Choosing Florida landscape design plants and hardscape materials will vary greatly depending on where you are located.

North Florida will experience freeze and frost and has extreme temperature swings as the summers also get very hot. The winter climate is too cold for the typical Tropical plants you'll see down South. The soil is also different and can be sandy or clay-based depending where you are located.

The Central area is a bit more mild. Frosts and freezes are not as common and the seasonal differences are not as noticeable.

The South is a sub-tropical zone that rarely has frosts and freezes. Citrus is very common. The Tropical zone is very small and just at the Southern tip of Florida. The soil is sand and limestone varieties.

The types of plants you see in landscape design will widely depend on the zone you are in as that reflects the temperature and the type of soil.

a south florida yard landscaping by professional landscape designer tilly

Florida landscaping ideas for front of house

Our Florida clients have a variety of requests for the front yard. The Tilly design team will select the plants, hardscape and materials based on your soil, sun, zone and the goals and budget for your front yard space.

We always encourage clients to consider native plants as those are plants that are proven to thrive in your climate and will require less maintenance than other options. Native plants require less of a green thumb (!) and are beneficial to local wildlife.

Check out some simple Florida front yard landscaping ideas from Tilly plans:

front yard landscaping design with flowering plantsA Modern Landscape Design Front Entry with Flowering Trees
Florida front yard landscapeA Succulent Front Yard
curb appeal for a front yard landscaping plan with shade trees, low maintenance plants, evergreen foliage and other plantsA Front Yard with Raised Planters
south florida front yard landscaping with large driveway, artificial grass, elephant plant, and drought tolerant plants A Tropical Oasis with a Large Driveway
A Florida front yard landscaping design plan A Wow Worthy Florida Waterfront Entry
Florida front yard landscaping design for a car port with a garden and lawn around itSpruced Up Car Park
A florida front yard landscaping plan with plants and flowers in a small front yard A DIY Front Yard Landscaping Plan

Florida Backyard Landscaping Ideas

When it comes to backyard landscape design our design team approaches the plants and materials in the same way as the front yard (low maintenance and climate specific), however we understand that generally a backyard will be used more for entertaining and therefore has special features.

Our job is to help homeowners find a smart layout that can take advantage of their space.

a florida home and backyard landscape with a fire pit in central Florida and Chinese fringe flowerA DIY Backyard Landscape Design
a south florida landscape garden lush setting with a fire pit, deep blue flower clusters, chinese fringe flowerA Zen Fire Pit Oasis
southern florida landscape with flower beds with tropical flowers Lush Tropical Florida Backyard
landscape design ideas front yard florida. A small front yard with a florida landscape design of low maintenance plants, sandy soil in this humid climateBrick Entry & Bright Florals
yard landscaping design with a flower bed around a pool areaTropical Flowers Around a Screened-In Pool
a beautiful yard landscaping ideas with a large entertaining patio, planting perennials, outdoor living areas A Grand Patio for Entertaining
Florida landscaping in South Florida with natural shade, ground cover, multiple blooms, and a large lawnA Curvilinear Garden Bed Wonderland
south florida landscape design with pool, outdoor kitchens and grill areaA Relaxing Pool Oasis
a florida backyard landscape with no lawn, a water features including a poolThe Perfect Pergola Space
Florida backyard landscape with a large patio, pool, artificial turf and florida gardenModern Waterfront Retreat

Tips About Planting

When getting started on your Florida landscaping project remember that you are in a unique climate so select plants and materials based on your zone.

Doing a little research ahead of time can save you a lot of headache and money. When it comes to budget - remember that landscape design projects can be costly so you don't have to do it all at once. One of the best ways to conquer a new landscape design is to have a master plan that you phase over time. Having a master plan will make sure everything you want is included and you can work towards your end goal as time and budget allows.

Another way to manage budget is to start with smaller size plants. Smaller plants costs less and while they will take time to grow, in a few years they will have the same look as a larger plant. Also remember proper maintenance when you first install your plants. All plants will require some water to get started (unless of course it's a rock garden!).

a florida landscape with a natural wall, natural barrier, pea gravel path, and tropical plants that native to a florida landscape
Side yard landscape with native plants

A south florida design with palm trees and appropriate plant size drought tolerant plantsBackyard bar & pool with colorful blooming plants
a white stucco house with gold mound duranta, a bar area for dry season and mixed forest A side yard Flroida garden for pollinators
a front yard landscaping with low cost pine needles as mulch A front yard garden with statement artwork
a Florida backyard landscape with a pool and a simple landscape designA simple backyard landscape with a pool, lawn and ornamental grasses

About Tilly

Tilly’s easy online landscape design process has been embraced by homeowners across the country and in Canada. From Texas, Florida, Colorado to Illinois - we have a team for you! Tilly designs front yards, backyard or your entire property. We match you with a professional landscape designer who is familiar with your region to help you create the perfect custom plan for your outdoor space.

To start our process you’ll fill out a questionnaire about your property that helps our design team understand your goals, needs and existing landscape. You can add 3d renders, lighting plans or side yards to your design package. You’ll then connect with your designer on a video call to meet them, show them your space and talk about your priorities.

When you receive your design you will be able to purchase your plants at a discounted rate through our team of plant experts and have them delivered directly to your curb. Tilly can also provide recommendations of local installers who can help you complete your landscape project.

Tilly also offers individual DIY projects. With DIY Spaces, you are matched with a landscape designer who will design a custom project for your yard. This will include a scaled drawing, lists of materials (which you can order directly through Tilly to install your project) and detailed installation instructions to help even a first time DIY’er tackle a yard project!

Wherever you are in your yard journey, we can help!

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