Landscape Architecture Garden Design California San Francisco Sonoma

On the Beach

On the Beach For the garden of this modern home, we sought inspiration from the nearby coastline. Layered drifts of golden and blue grasses create dynamic movement and textures; invoking the feeling of coastal dunes. The calm-hued plantings step up as they approach the home, softly nestling the residence into the landscape. Raw concrete and …

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Rose Lane

Rose Lane To get some instant maturity to this empty lot, we transplanted field grown olive trees and used timeless materials like bluestone and cobble stone. The planting is layered with emphasis on texture and massing. The plants are subtle shades of greens and greys. The paving consists of large stepping pads of cobblestone, bluestone …

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Garden Sanctuary

Garden Sanctuary The client wanted a fabulous and stylish garden setting appropriate for entertainment and play. The entry to the house was redesigned with new steps and oversized rectangular pavers as well as softly textured, drought-tolerant plantings. The existing pool was reconfigured with a new slide, and surrounded by new paving, a raised patio, and …

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Mediterranean Estate

Mediterranean Estate A lovely older estate underwent remodeling. In the first phase of renovation, the existing pool patio was redesigned with new travertine paving and classical elements like stone walls and a lion head fountain. We added bold stripes of lawn and paving and more contemporary planting with grasses and perennials to give the landscape …

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Contemporary Living

Contemporary Living This contemporary garden for a LEED Platinum residence melds sophisticated design, luxury, and advanced technology. An upper rooftop deck with an outdoor fireplace and barbecue establishes a sophisticated outdoor room for entertaining against a backdrop of the cityscape and Golden Gate Bridge. Pavers and a no-mow lawn create a multi-use area in the …

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Rural Garden

Rural Garden Inspired by the client’s love of cooking, growing food, native plants, horses and sheep, we reinterpreted the quintessential features of the ranch landscape into a garden both beautiful and practical. We leveled the yard with low stone walls and changed out the regular turf for a native lawn. A large area has gravel …

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Hotel Casa Madrona

Hotel Casa Madrona When the iconic Casa Madrona Hotel in Sausalito remodeled its historic mansion and cottages, Shades of Green was offered the challenge of designing a unifying hillside landscape.  A series of bluestone stairs and concrete walls make their way up the hillside, leading guests to their cottages. Along the way, colorful plantings help …

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