411, 2019

Shade Gardening

By |November 4th, 2019|Plants|

Shade Gardening The days are getting shorter, the sun is low in the sky, and sunlight is a little harder to come by. The change reminds us of something we consider at any time of year when designing landscapes - those parts of the landscape where sun is always hard to come [...]

2110, 2019


By |October 21st, 2019|Plants|

Fall Garden Close-Up: Seeds, Roots, & Bulbs This time of year, it may seem like things are drawing to a close in the garden.  You’ve already harvested vegetables and fruits, and many of the flowers are giving one last show before it gets cold.  So what else could possibly need [...]

810, 2019

Traditional Landscape Architecture

By |October 8th, 2019|Design|

Traditional Landscape Architecture We like to think we’re at least sort of worldly, and so we realize that “Traditional” is kind of a misnomer.  After all, designed landscapes have been created worldwide for millennia, and we acknowledge the influence of Egyptian, Greek, Moorish, Chinese, Japanese, and many other Landscape Traditions [...]

3009, 2019

Featured On Casual Living: On A Mission For Style

By |September 30th, 2019|Media|

On A Mission For Style When the design team at J. Montgomery Designs in Alamo, California was tasked with reviving a home for her central California client, there was one big request: restore the house and property to its Spanish Mission-style roots. We would like to thank Casual Living for [...]

1209, 2019

Featured On Houzz: 8 Secrets of People With Beautifully Organized Homes

By |September 12th, 2019|Media|

We were recently featured in an article for! Should you want to read the full article, click here. They Aren’t Afraid to Outsource Tasks Many of my organized clients outsource their yard work or housecleaning so they can focus on keeping their home decluttered and organized. They also aren’t afraid to hire a [...]

909, 2019


By |September 9th, 2019|Design|

FEATURING FIRE There is something instinctively wonderful about relaxing around a fire, and as a result we find ourselves incorporating fire into most of our outdoor living spaces.  Fire features, as we Landscape Architects call them, can take on infinite forms and aesthetic styles to fit seamlessly into a designed space.  Here [...]

2608, 2019


By |August 26th, 2019|Design|

HOW TO HIRE A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT (OR DESIGNER) You’ve decided you want to hire a professional to design your landscape, but how do you decide who to call?  If it’s your first time hiring a design professional of any sort, it can be an especially daunting idea.  There are many services available [...]

1407, 2019

Embellishments For The Landscape

By |July 14th, 2019|Design|

Embellishments For The Landscape In creating outdoor living spaces, design is often in the details!  Whether designing a landscape from scratch or adding to the existing landscape, stylistic embellishments can completely change the overall effect of the space.  Embellishments personalize the home landscape and reflect your unique style, for a fun, relaxing [...]

1706, 2019

Summer Solstice

By |June 17th, 2019|Entertain|

Summer Solstice Last year around this time, our blog focused on Summer gatherings.  We look forward once again to a season of outdoor living at its finest – Fresh garden vegetables and flowers on the table, swimming to beat the heat, and warm nights, candle-lit dinners, and stories around the fire. This [...]

306, 2019

Design for Play

By |June 3rd, 2019|Design|

Design for Play For so many of our clients, play is an important part of relaxation, and summer is the perfect time to embrace outdoor play-spaces!  Having a place to unwind outdoors is something we all need, whatever form your leisure activities take.  For some of us, it’s sports – golf, sand [...]

2005, 2019

Planting Principles

By |May 20th, 2019|Plants|

Planting Principles As Landscape Architects, we have the privilege of working not only with building materials, but also with living things!  Plants bring life and energy to the landscape, and the incredible variety of aesthetic choices they offer makes designing with them a blast.  What goes into a successful planting design?  Beyond [...]

2904, 2019

California Casual

By |April 29th, 2019|Design|

California Casual Landscape Architecture has seen many movements and style trends that influence the aesthetic of designed outdoor space.  The variety of definitions of beauty is one thing we love about our work, and we are always looking forward to what is coming next.  Northern California has always had its own [...]

1504, 2019

Ornamental Grasses

By |April 15th, 2019|Plants|

Ornamental Grasses Ornamental grasses have stolen our hearts.  The grace and movement of grasses can enliven any garden style, from the most traditional to the most contemporary.  Here in California, the trend towards drought-tolerant and native-style gardening is highlighting the usefulness of grasses in our designed landscapes - their incredible variety of [...]

1902, 2019

Featured On Houzz: 10 Times To Hire A Landscape Architect

By |February 19th, 2019|Media|

Check out this article on that we are featured on! If you want to add a retaining wall or terrace to your property, as in this project by J. Montgomery Designs, you may need to have a landscape architect submit sealed drawings to get approval to build. Regardless of whether they are legally required in [...]

2801, 2019

Oh, Deer… Deer-Resistant Plantings

By |January 28th, 2019|Plants|

Oh, Deer… Deer-Resistant Plantings Beautiful and graceful deer are a gem of Northern California’s wildlife, but when they are feasting on your garden, they can be voracious enough to drive a gardener crazy!  So how do you prevent deer from mowing down anything they can reach?  While not always totally untouched, these [...]

1211, 2018

Planting Under Oaks

By |November 12th, 2018|Plants|

Planting Under Oaks Of the many icons of the Northern California landscape, the oak is both a beautiful and impressive individual.  Both inland Valley Oaks and the Coast Live Oak can live to hundreds of years, grow into beautiful gravity-defying specimens, and support entire habitats within their surroundings.  If such [...]