Details Landscape art designs and installs beautiful gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties, from Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Petaluma and Sonoma, to San Rafael, Novato and Mill Valley. We visit dozens of homes each year, meeting with homeowners with different yards, issues, configurations and budgets. A large majority of requests from owners is to rebuild a garden that they tried to do themselves.Cooper Arbor

Anyone can go to Home Depot and buy plants, and anyone can dig a hole. Successful landscaping, however, involves not only selecting the right plant for the spot (size, sun/shade, soil requirements, frost hardiness), but putting together a palette of plants that look good together, and that will mature to an appropriate size and shape. We hear frequently “Oh the plant looked so cute when we bought it – we had no idea it would grow to be a ten foot by ten foot shrub”. So people end up with ‘jungles’.

At Details we like to mix heights, textures and bloom seasons, blending colorful foliage plants with softer grasses and groundcovers. We also avoid using too many showy feature plants together. If every plant is a showstopper, then nothing stands out.

It certainly may cost more to have a professional landscaper design and build a garden than to do it yourself. But relandscaping a yard, and pulling out and replacing plants or jackammering out hardscape done poorly is surely an expensive proposition. Do it once – do it right!