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 and more.
We design for lush landscapes filled with tropical plants to more minimal designs with ornamental grasses. 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.
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.
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:
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 have special features.
Our job is to help homeowners find a smart layout that can take advantage of their space.
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!).