Modern Backyard with Colorful Gardens

This St. Paul MN backyard landscape design effortlessly intertwines traditional, rustic and modern garden design elements. The homeowners envisioned a modern backyard but wanted to ensure it flowed with the home's more traditional exterior. Guided by their vision, Southview transformed their mundane and overgrown backyard into a one-of-a-kind, beautiful oasis.

Backyard patio made with Belgard pavers and corten steel garden beds

Right off the back door, this inviting conversation nook is an an idyllic spot to converse with loved ones.

Modern Elements

Large Format Pavers and Corten Steel for a Contemporary Touch

The homeowners wanted the design to feel modern but not lacking in personality. They opted for Belgard Origins pavers in a Newport Grey shade. Continuing with the modern theme, Corten steel walls were installed around the garden. To help the installation crews, the custom Corten walls were manufactured in a warehouse and welded directly on-site.

Before: An overgrown lot with deteriorating hardscape.

After: A modern backyard patio with eye-catching gardens.


The original backyard landscape was overgrown and outdated. The homeowners knew their yard had great potential but were in over their heads trying to manage it themselves. Southview listened closely to the homeowner's needs and completely transformed the backyard.

modern garden bed with corten steel and water feature

The water feature was the perfect finishing touch to the garden. The sound of trickling water washes out the city noise and brings a sense of serenity to the backyard.

Designing the Garden

The Picturesque Garden is the Focal Point of this backyard Design

When looking out the back window, the eye is immediately drawn to the garden. Acting as a centerpiece, the garden introduces color and texture into the landscape. Given the abundance of wildlife on the property, selecting deer-resistant plants was imperative. The designer carefully selected plants and shrubs that would deter wildlife yet bring color and character to the landscape.

grey belgard modern patio with bistro lights overlooking colorful garden bed with modern lighting and corten steel

The new expanded patio includes plenty of space for gathering, dining, or simply hanging out.

No landscape project is complete without good lighting. As evening approaches, low-voltage lighting illuminates the garden, while bistro lights above the patio infuse a touch of ambiance and coziness.

birds eye view of backyard garden and corten steel walls

Day or night, this beautiful backyard landscape shines. From morning coffee on the patio to evening gatherings with friends and family, the homeowners are thrilled with their new outdoor space.

Three reasons to start now.

Maximize planting season

Plan now so when temperatures consistently hit 50°F, we are ready to plant. Spring planting lets your plants establish, beating the summer heat.

Best time for outdoor work

Now is the optimal time for grading and foundation work, setting the stage for the remainder of your project.

Enjoy summer to the fullest

Don’t miss a single day of summer—start your project early so you can cherish every moment.

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