12 08, 2019


By |2019-08-14T16:21:41-07:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Plants|

LOW-WATER, HIGH-FASHION GARDENING Alright, it is now officially hot.  We’re feeling it, and our gardens are feeling it too!  The long summers here are always a bit of a reminder that we should be savvy with our water use.  Maybe you’re interested in lowering your water bill, but what if cacti [...]

20 05, 2019

Planting Principles

By |2019-05-21T20:57:32-07:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: 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 knowing [...]

6 05, 2019

Flower-Cutting Gardens

By |2019-05-01T20:26:58-07:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Plants|

Flower Cutting Gardens A garden can serve many purposes.  It can be a place of beauty and contemplative relaxation, a draw for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, and a productive space for growing food and flowers.  With Mother’s Day around the corner, we couldn’t help but write about flowers, the time-honored traditional gift [...]

15 04, 2019

Ornamental Grasses

By |2019-04-19T15:27:05-07:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: 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 forms [...]

28 01, 2019

Oh, Deer… Deer-Resistant Plantings

By |2019-02-04T09:57:44-07:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: 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 are [...]

12 11, 2018

Planting Under Oaks

By |2019-01-25T17:49:35-07:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: 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 a [...]

26 09, 2018

Backyard Orchards Part 2

By |2019-01-25T17:49:35-07:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Plants|

Backyard Orchards -  Young Fruit Trees The early years of a tree’s life are the most important formative time in its development.  When it comes to fruiting trees, that translates to the long-term health of the trees and the success of future harvests.  Pruning and shaping the young trees is a science.  Here [...]