DESIGN GALLERY

horticulture + design GALLERY

Normal Heights Charm
Normal Heights Charm

New planting, columns, hardscape and architectural accents to highlight this beautiful historic Spanish Revival style home in Normal Heights, San Diego.

Edibles meet Natives
Edibles meet Natives
Aeonium
Aeonium

Shining in front of new fence and built in bench

Clairemont Succulent Garden
Clairemont Succulent Garden

Front lawn transforms into colorful waterwise garden with mini courtyard.

Hopping Kangaroo Paws
Hopping Kangaroo Paws

Kangaroo Paws jump above the new fence which frames the mini courtyard and built-in seating at San Diego residence

Polinator Courtyard
Polinator Courtyard

Drystack raised beds in front courtyard are home to natives and edibles.

Live Oak woodland garden
Live Oak woodland garden
Bold Color
Bold Color

We loved the new paint color for this beach home... and the pops of coral against it.

Mission Hills Lawn Loser
Mission Hills Lawn Loser

Swapped out the front lawn for boulders, paths and CA native and Mediterranean region plants full of color.

Integrated Edibles in Clairemont
Integrated Edibles in Clairemont

Kangaroos, grasses mixed with grapes, kale, onions, arugula, herbs and the list goes on!

Mission Hills Lawn Loser
Mission Hills Lawn Loser

Swapped out the front lawn for boulders, paths and CA native and Mediterranean region plants full of color.

Mission Hills Lawn Loser
Mission Hills Lawn Loser

Swapped out the lawn for boulders, paths and CA native and Mediterranean region plants full of color.

Raised beds and guest house
Raised beds and guest house

Huge back lawn was transformed into multifunctional space

Garden Art
Garden Art

Fun with garden art on installation day for San Diego lawn removal

From Lawn to Succulence
From Lawn to Succulence

Huge back lawn was transformed into multifunctional space

Fruit Tree Espalier
Fruit Tree Espalier
CA native front garden
CA native front garden

CA native front garden. ElementalDesign.com

Outdoor Rooms
Outdoor Rooms

Narrow back yard lawn gets transformed in outdoor rooms with edge and plants. Collaboration with Elemental www.ElementalDesign.com

Succulent Pot Scaping
Succulent Pot Scaping
Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn
Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn

Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn in new cottage garden design. www.ElementalDesign.com

Kind of Blue
Kind of Blue

Monochromatic border planting of senecio, culinary sage and kale in integrated edible Clairemont San Diego garden

Boulder Seating
Boulder Seating

Santa Cruz backyard lawn removal transformed into gravel patio with boulder seating, low water plantings and fire pit.

Home Vineyard
Home Vineyard

Dramatic mass plantings of Provence lavender and teucrium on home vineyard

Waterwise Color
Waterwise Color

Colorful carefree low water border planting

Landscape Scribbles
Landscape Scribbles

Perspective sketch for native San Diego front yard

Oak Woodland Bocce Court
Oak Woodland Bocce Court

Unused side yard transformed into oak woodland bocce court with ferns, heuchera, bay / toyon hedge and boulder seating.

Aptos Lawn Loser
Aptos Lawn Loser

Pacific reed grass yarrow and other perennials in CA coastal front lawn removal design

Collaboration with Elemental
Collaboration with Elemental

Narrow back yard lawn gets transformed in outdoor rooms with edge and plants.

Asian Garden
Asian Garden

Asian California garden in what was once all weeds. www.ElementalDesign.com

Yerba Buena Stepping Stones
Yerba Buena Stepping Stones
The Process
The Process

Design process for Zen inspired front entry with custom water feature.

Collaboration with Elemental
Collaboration with Elemental

Narrow back yard lawn gets transformed in outdoor rooms with edge and plants.

Normal Heights Charm
Normal Heights Charm

Urbanite paths and patios re-use concrete from client's old driveway while dry creek bed manages water on long sloping lot in Normal Heights

Asian garden meets California
Asian garden meets California

Asian garden meets California. ElementalDesign.com

Asian Garden
Asian Garden

Asian California garden in what was once all weeds. www.ElementalDesign.com

Native and Mediterranean Front Gard
Native and Mediterranean Front Gard

Native and Mediterranean Front Garden. www.ElementalDesign.com

Front Yard Border Planting
Front Yard Border Planting

In this coastal garden grasses, succulents and dwarf conifers all play along nicely together.

Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn
Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn

Chamomile, yarrow + thyme lawn in new cottage garden design. www.ElementalDesign.com

Oak Woodland Bocce Court
Oak Woodland Bocce Court

Unused side yard transformed into oak woodland bocce court with ferns, heuchera, bay / toyon hedge and boulder seating.

CA native front garden
CA native front garden

CA native front garden. ElementalDesign.com

Contrast
Contrast

Coprosma, meet Leonotis.

Soquel Front Courtyard
Soquel Front Courtyard
Atherton Cape Cod
Atherton Cape Cod

Lilies, nepeta, lambs ears and roses at Peninsula Cape Cod style home.

Cottage Wonderland
Cottage Wonderland

Previously dead lawn. Heuchera, lavender, geraniums, abutilon surround a flagstone patio and herbs grow around the birdbath in Santa Cruz, CA.

Integrated Edibles
Integrated Edibles

Chard and berries growing among ornamentals. Photo by M. Sophia Santiago

Sunny Lawn Loser
Sunny Lawn Loser

From lawn to low water pollinator attracting color

Waterwise Clairemont Curb Appeal
Waterwise Clairemont Curb Appeal

Drought tolerant front lawn replacement, San Diego.

Atherton Cape Cod
Atherton Cape Cod

California Cottage meets Cape Cod in Atherton rear yard design.

Jewel Box
Jewel Box

Jewel toned waterwise front yard makeover in Jewel Box, Capitola.

Pot Scaping
Pot Scaping

Pot-scaping, Los Altos, CA

Polinator Courtyard
Polinator Courtyard

Raised fieldstone beds planted with natives, herbs and edibles surrounded by flagstone.

Potscaping
Potscaping
Aesthethic Pruning
Aesthethic Pruning
Atherton Cape Cod
Atherton Cape Cod
Soquel Front Courtyard
Soquel Front Courtyard

Native grass lawn, recycled pavers, sonoma boulders in freshly installed front courtyard retreat

Fremont Older
Fremont Older

Spring at historic Woodhills Home on Fremont Older Open Space Preserve where I've been providing horticultural services since 2008

Fremont Older
Fremont Older

Aesthetic pruning on old Dr Hurd manzanita

Hobbit Hole
Hobbit Hole

Hobbit sauna nestled in Santa Cruz backyard

Water Feature
Water Feature

Custom pot water feature at home front entryway.

Backyard Retreat
Backyard Retreat

Bouganvileea and daylilies with Quan Yin in background