Building the backyard of your dreams just got a whole lot easier with Tilly. Tilly, an online landscape design firm founded by nationally recognized landscape architect Blythe Yost, makes custom lawn design affordable. Tilly matches you with a landscape designer who will provide custom, scaled plans based on your specific climate/region, personal goals and garden style.
Each Tilly project kicks off with an assessment questionnaire and a one-on-one virtual consultation with the accredited landscape designer assigned to your home. Ultimately, you’ll receive personalized landscaping plans that you can choose to DIY or hire a contractor to install. Compared to a traditional landscape designer, who often charge a minimum of $1500 and can run much more in urban areas, Tilly is more affordable–packages start at just $375.
Below are a few lawn design trends that center around specific hobbies and interests, from cocktail party-ready yards to outdoor extensions of a smart home setup. As people become empowered to make the yards of their dreams, Tilly believes these themes will become commonplace. But, regardless of your personal landscaping wants and needs, Tilly can bring to life whatever inspires you most–right in your own backyard.
For the Aspiring Mixologist
During the pandemic, many homeowners dove headfirst into creating bountiful vegetable gardens only to realize later that even small-scale farming is a big commitment. Full-on harvests may not work out long term, but Tilly predicts that homeowners who love to cook and create cocktails will begin to focus on home herb gardens, which demand less upkeep and space but still see constant use. Integrating a lush herb garden within several feet of the kitchen is the best move for these folks.
Backyard Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Outdoor kitchens have been popular for a while but generally consist of only a grill and mini-fridge. Entertaining outdoors has become more common in recent years, and Tilly predicts elaborate outdoor entertaining setups will become common, specifically those with a bar area. Or as we like to call it, “the most popular backyard in the neighborhood.” Tilly will also coordinate your entire plant order, delivering them straight to your door.
For the Techie
Custom landscaping makes the yard an extension of your home. You have smart lights and smart speakers and smart curtains inside; why not boost your yard’s I.Q. too? From soil sensors and smart sprinkler systems to TVs that can be seen in direct sunlight and even top-of-the-line connected home pool cleaners, your outdoor space can be designed with maximum convenience and weather-resistant tech top of mind.
Picture this: your newly installed landscaping is perfectly manicured by a smart, cordless robotic lawn mower that you can monitor via wifi while you watch the game and grill some burgers. Afterwards, park your robo-mower in a shed protected by security systems that can be accessed with your fingerprints. As night falls, your lawn’s integrated smart lighting flickers to life in pre-determined color temperatures and zones. That is the lawn of a techie.
For the Dog Lovers
So many people have brought dogs into their lives recently. Tilly expects homeowners will start making design decisions to support their furry friends and create beautiful dog-friendly areas. Dogs often create dead spots in the lawn, but by adding synthetic turf that Fido can use as a bathroom (that part’s on you), a strategic lawn design can help save itself: grassy areas stay green and the integrated turf simply needs to be washed down every once in a while. Homeowners are also likely to invest more in fences to keep their pups safe, and Tilly predicts a rise in built-in dog runs where your pet can live its backyard fantasies right alongside your own.