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

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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.

Bird Feeders

Bird feeders are an important element in bird gardening. They serve to supplement the most basic need of birds – food - in addition to the bird friendly trees plants and groundcovers we select for the garden. Using bird feeders consistently will attract more birds,...

Bird Gardening

Bird gardening is a small corner of the landscaping world. There are bird lovers, bird watchers and bird gardeners. Although not necessarily for everyone, everyone can reap the joy of having at least some birds visit the garden. Details Landscape Art designs and...

Planning Ahead, Detailing the Finish

A successful landscape design-build project requires planning ahead and detailing the finish. Details Landscape Art installs fine gardens throughout Sonoma County, and it is not accidental that these projects turn out beautiful. Planning ahead and detailing the finish...

Traveling for Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping ideas come from a variety of places. They come from imagination, other landscapes and gardens, failed ideas and from parts of other ideas used in a different way. There are no totally new ideas in the world of art. Whether painting, music, writing,...

Vegetable Gardening

Occasionally our clients ask us about installing a veggie garden. Details Landscape Art is a North Bay landscape contractor, building beautiful gardens since 1991. Our bread and butter is NOT vegetable gardening, but we do offer suggestions and advice to customers who...


Annuals are plants that complete their entire life cycle in less than one year. Details Landscape Art is a design-build landscape contractor in Petaluma and the surrounding areas of Sonoma County. Generally we build gardens for clients that include primarily shrubs,...

Shades of Silver and Gray

One of the key color groups in the pallet of plant colors is the shades of silver and gray. In other blogs we have discussed the importance of color and contrast in plant selection as well as the emphasis on plant combinations. Shades of Deep Red (8/1/17), Shades of...

Planting Japanese Maples

Details Landscape Art, a local landscape design-build contractor, uses Japanese maples frequently in many of their gardens. And planting Japanese maples is not difficult. Here in the Bay area of Northern California, Japanese maples are an ideal choice in almost any...

East Santa Rosa Featured Garden

In July 2018 Details Landscape Art, an east Santa Rosa landscaper, was called by a homeowner who had seen our work in the neighborhood. At our first meeting with the young couple and their small children, I was immediately impressed with how nice they were, and how...

How It All Began For a Local Landscaper

Scott Bradley is the owner of Details Landscape Art, a Sonoma County landscaper 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 crisis. Scott majored in...