From cool shade gardens to dry stream beds lined with ornamental grasses, we try to capture a special feeling in our landscape garden design by inviting hummingbirds, integrating fragrance and color, and varying textures, heights and bloom seasons of plantings.

Gardens created by Details Landscape Art



  • Asian Style Gardens
  • Shade Gardens
  • Perennial Gardens
  • Native Plant Gardens
  • Sod Lawns
  • Groundcovers
  • Erosion Control

See our Garden Portfolio Here

Plant selection is more than selecting individual plants – the key is selecting plant combinations for contrast and interest in a garden. Many clients request lots of color, but want low maintenance.  One of our planting techniques is to use color in the foliage, along with other shrubs that bloom once a year. By minimizing the use of perennials, and associated deadheading, we keep the maintenance to a minimum.
Although we love shade gardens and Asian style gardens, we also build Mediterranean gardens, perennial gardens, native plant gardens, and use a variety of ground covers. We certainly install sod lawns, although we encourage minimizing lawns…less grass means less water, less maintenance, less money – less is more!
In certain hillside applications erosion control is appropriate and plants with invasive root systems bind the soil and help control slippage.


Read more in our blog

At Details Landscape Art, we love educating people about how to get the most out of their beautiful garden. You can search through our posts using the slider to the right.

We have several topics on Gardens in our blog library, with more added every week, so take a look and be sure to check in again soon.

How It All Began For a Local Landscaper

Scott Bradley is the owner of Details Landscape Art, a design-build landscape contractor in Sonoma County for almost thirty years. This is the second career for Scott who began his adult working life as a CPA and morphed into being a local landscaper during a mid life...

Our Favorite Plants

Over the last thirty years, Details Landscape Art has installed hundreds of beautiful gardens throughout Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties. The plant material selected for these projects includes a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers. Following...

Fragrant Plants

A forgotten element in the attraction of a wonderful garden is fragrance. Yes, we focus on color, on texture, on heights and bloom seasons. But there is something unforgettable about passing fragrant plants that reminds us of past times and places…that reminds us of...

Petaluma Hillside Featured Garden

This newer subdivision home was set on a hillside in west Petaluma, and had only minimal front yard landscaping. The front yard was small and flat, but the backyard was a steep slope falling away from the house at more than forty five degrees, and called for a...

South Novato Featured Garden

Details Landscape Art is a Novato landscaper with projects throughout Marin County, Sonoma County and Napa County. We were called by a family who live up in the hills west of Highway 101, to see what we could do with a challenging backyard landscape. The property...

Plantings for Special Situations

Details Landscape Art is a Sonoma Co. landscape designer with projects throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties. We are known for our spectacular planting schemes, and we specialize in colorful, low maintenance gardens that mix heights, textures and bloom seasons....

Ceanothus – California Wild Lilac

One of the staples in a garden designed and installed by Details Landscape Art, a Windsor landscape contractor, is ceanothus. Ceanothus is an evergreen shrub native to California, although some species do grow in the Rocky Mountains and on the east coast. The...

Plant Combinations

Details Landscape Art is a Sonoma County design-build landscape contractor, specializing in the creation of beautiful, exciting gardens. It is not accidental that our gardens look so amazing. And it’s not so much the plants that we choose as it is the plant groupings...

Pittosporum – The Workhorse of the Garden

Gardens come in flavors. Details Landscape Art, a premier Sonoma County landscape design-build contractor, creates many different style gardens according to the style of the home, the tastes of the homeowner, and the nature of the property’s setting. Almost all...

Going the Extra Mile

Details Landscape Art is a Sonoma County landscape contractor, with beautiful installation projects throughout the North Bay. Our work is meticulous and creative, and reflects a commitment to building fine gardens. In addition, we have been known to go out of our way...