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.


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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.

West Petaluma Kid Friendly Featured Garden

Details Landscape Art received a call from a young couple with two small children who live in the historic west side area of Petaluma. A few blocks from downtown, the backyard was huge and hadn’t been touched in over forty years. It was tired, with wall-to-wall grass,...

Santa Rosa (Montecito) Featured Garden

Set in the cul-de sac of a quiet court, this Montecito neighborhood project was in need of a complete front yard makeover. The driveway was cracked all over, the walkway from the entry to the driveway was cracked and oriented along the front of the house, and the...

East Santa Rosa Featured Garden

Details Landscape Art was referred to this split-level project in northeast Santa Rosa, which badly needed landscaping help. The upper level of the backyard consisted of wall-to-wall grass, and an ugly concrete paver patio and steps.The lower level was a weed-infested...

Petaluma Featured Garden

On the east side of Petaluma, this project with no pre-existing landscaping, involved new construction for Details Landscape Art, a Petaluma landscape contractor. The home sits on a corner, with a three-sided front yard wrapping around from north to west. The front or...

Penngrove Featured Garden

Covered with scrub oak, and redwood and pine seedlings, this one-acre property with dozens of mature redwood trees in the background, sat on three different elevations. One of the challenges for Details Landscape Art, a Penngrove landscape contractor, was to...

Santa Rosa (Bennet Valley) Featured Garden

This Bennett Valley property on the east side of Santa Rosa was a very large backyard project with great possibilities. Adjacent to Matanzas Creek Winery, the vineyard provided a spectacular background. There were several mature trees on the property…too many trees,...

West Petaluma Featured Garden

Every so often, Details Landscape Art falls into a unique project with a very special existing feature. The lush wooded open space behind this West Petaluma property provided an impossibly beautiful backdrop for this long narrow backyard. The challenging part of the...

Novato Featured Garden

Details Landscape Art was called to renovate this Novato residential backyard on a hillside that sloped in two directions back down toward the house. In addition, the doors from the family room and from the kitchen out to the garden were at different elevations. No...

Fountaingrove Featured Garden

This design-build project began as a moonscape. Covered with rock, half buried giant boulders the size of Volkswagens and littered with wild scrubby weeds, this was easily the ugliest and most challenging project to date for Details Landscape Art. We knew going in...

Shades of Deep Red

We are Details Landscape Art, a boutique landscape contractor based in Sonoma County. We design and build fine gardens in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and Forestville, as well as in Marin County and Napa...