California Native Plants

Ask me about creating a California native plant palette suited to the area you live in.

Landscape Plans

Unique plant palettes, precise CAD plans, landscape photo imaging, 3D rendering and web conferencing during the design development phase.

Design Details

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Landscape Photo Imaging

Shown below is an imaged view of a landscape design followed by a photo of the yard after installation.

Waterwise Transformation

Before Design

An unused lawn is replaced with a flagstone patio, flagstone stepping stones, low water use plants, gravel and a small vegetable garden.

After Installation

Native Carex Lawn

In the example below, a native Carex lawn has been planted with flowering shrubs and perennials.

Designing for Small Spaces

Townhouse Patio, Garden Room

Small spaces can present an interesting challenge as every square inch must be carefully considered and utilized - the end result being cozy and comfortable, outdoor garden room, living areas.

Townhouse Patio, Garden Room
Townhouse Patio, Garden Room

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Plant Palettes

Using the palettes below as points of departure, a unique plant palette is created for each client, based on individual taste and unique site conditions.

Ceanothus - California Lilac

California Native: Plants from California's many and diverse plant communities, including Chaparral, Coastal, Oak Woodland, Redwood Woodland, Riparian and Sierra Nevada to name a few. Visit the Natives page to learn more about the way I design with natives.

Mediterranean Mix Container Planting

Mediterranean Mix: Plants from regions with climates similar to that of California, namely Mediterranean Europe, Australia, South Africa and coastal areas of Chile, in combination with California native plants.

Italian Cypress, Lavender, Vitex

Mediterranean Europe: Classic garden plants such as Olive, Italian Cypress, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and many other garden favorites.

Kniphofia - Torch Plant

Southern Hemiphere: Plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The flora native to these regions combine especially well together and are noted for their bold and unusual shapes. Familiar examples would be Kangaroo Paws and many succulent species.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Tropical: Plants from tropical areas throughout the world, such as South America, Mexico, India, and the Pacific Islands that are adapted to the California climate.

Mixed Perennials

Perennials: Formal or naturalistic perennial gardens using garden favorites as well as new introductions - can be combined with Roses or fruit trees.

Magnolia soulangiana - Saucer Magnolia

Temperate Climate: Plants from China, Japan, Europe and the eastern United States. Japanese gardens would incorporate plants from this palette.

Stone Planters for Fruit Trees on Slope

Edible: There are many ways to creatively incorporate fruit bearing trees, edible flowers, vegetables and herbs into the landscape design in order to afford the opportunity to eat from the garden year 'round. 

Prickly Pear Cactus, Red Yucca

Desert: California and Arizona natives as well as other desert plants are used to create plant palettes for desert areas. Plants like Desert Willow and Red Yucca not only offer soft, lovely flower color but are attractive to hummingbirds and Prickly Pear Cactus produces edible fruit.

Lady beetles rest on colorful slope cover during winter months.

Pollinator, Insectiary: Plants specifically chosen to attract benefical insects, butterflies, birds, hummingbirds and other pollinators. These planting plans include trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, vines and bulbs that flower throughout the year, thereby providing nectar and food sources year 'round.

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