Transitional Front Yard Zen Garden

This Minneapolis homeowner craved a modern and inspiring landscape to match the architecture of his newly constructed home. He approached Southview with two requests - an eye-catching front yard zen garden and a modern backyard patio.

Before: Front yard with patches of grass

After: The new garden adds a much-needed curb appeal


The front yard garden is accompanied by overflowing, colorful plantings. Notable plantings include potato Vine, Tropicanna Cannas, Dipt in Wine Coleus, and Red Whopper Begonias. The modern theme is continued with Corten steel planters and soft landscape elements, such as the Hindu Scotch Pine.

A Zen Moment on The Front Porch

This homeowner can now relax on his front porch and gaze off into the garden to help maintain a zen attitude of positivity. During the day, it’s clear how the variety of colors in the garden add such a vibrant feel to the front yard. At night, the built-in lights and path lights illuminate the garden. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the steel planters have a built-in irrigation system, providing the plants with just the right amount of water.

Notice how the corten edging matches the front planters. Although this detail may be small, it helps create a sense of cohesiveness.

Modern Patio with an Intricate Design

The backyard includes an intimate bluestone patio and wood-burning fire pit. The design is simple, clean, and modern. The bluestone planks were individually measured, scored, and cut to create a complex, irregular pattern.

We love the precision and attention to detail throughout this project. This home now has a fresh look with its newest additions in the front yard and backyard. Now this homeowner is ready to enjoy Minnesota’s vibrant seasons.

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