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.

Fountaingrove Fire Rebuild Featured Garden

A fire rebuild is becoming a common occurrence these days in the wake of the fires of 2017 and 2019. We were referred to this project by one of our best customers, also a resident of the Fountaingrove development who was fortunate to escape the firestorms. The...


Nandina domestica, commonly known as heavenly bamboo, is one of the most versatile plants in the garden. Details Landscape Art, a Sonoma County landscape design-build contractor, frequently uses the various varieties of nandina in our landscape designs. The...

Garden Accents

Garden accents are the very last finishing touches to the garden. After all the prep work, the hardscape, the plants, the bark, the outdoor patio furniture have all been installed, it’s time for a little exterior decorating. There are dozens of types of garden accents...

Outdoor Patio Furniture

Outdoor patio furniture is the last element to put the finishing touches on a beautiful and functional outdoor living and entertaining area. Although Details Landscape Art is not in the business of buying and selling outdoor patio furniture and accessories, we...

West Santa Rosa Featured Garden

This West Santa Rosa garden, about a mile or two west of downtown Santa Rosa, was located in a small country style subdivision of about a dozen or so homes. The homeowners, who had a completely blank slate in the backyard, and a plain wall-to-wall grass front yard...

Winter Pruning

This past winter we did our annual rounds of winter pruning. We visited the gardens of several clients whose landscaping we have installed. Although we do charge a nominal amount for our winter pruning service, our main motivation is to keep these gardens looking...

Acid Loving Plants

Acid loving plants are an important part of the garden. Details Landscape Art is a Petaluma landscape contractor with projects throughout Sonoma County. We are a design-build firm, specializing in the installation of drop dead gorgeous residential gardens. The first...

Soil Amendments

Soil amendments are an integral part of a landscape’s planting scheme. The long term success of a garden depends on the plant material becoming established in the planting medium, sending out a strong and healthy root system, and being provided with proper nutrients...

History of California Plants and Landscapes

The history of California plants and landscapes is a study in the availability of water. Long ago it was discovered that almost all trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and vines would thrive in our Mediterranean climate if sufficient water were available. Mild...

Native Plants in California Landscapes

The discussion of native plants in California landscapes is inextricably tied to water-conserving or drought-tolerant plants in our semi-arid Mediterranean climate. With our mild winters with moderate rainfall and arid summers with consistently no rainfall, Sonoma...