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.


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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.


Every garden has multiple perspectives, and we at Details Landscape Art try to consider as many as possible in designing and building a garden. And we try to encourage clients to go out and participate in their gardens as well as look at them from inside the house....

West Napa Featured Garden

This West Napa featured garden included several elements, including an unusual stamped concrete walkway, a low voltage lighting system, a redwood fence and front and rear gardens. The project began with a request by the homeowner for a walkway down the side of the...

West Petaluma Country Property Landscaping

Country property landscaping offers unique challenges as well as opportunities for a different landscaping flavor. Details Landscape Art was called to landscape a large side area of a home on the rural outskirts of West Petaluma. The property backed up, on one side,...

Novato Design-Build Landscape Contractor

Details Landscape Art, a Novato design-build landscape contractor, was called in the spring of 2020 to build a new redwood retaining wall for a hillside residence in Novato, CA. The existing retaining wall had been built some twenty-five years ago, and was badly...

Softscape Installation – North Bennett Valley Featured Garden

Softscape installation at this North Bennett Valley residence followed the hardscape, subject of the previous blog. The backyard had a wall of mature trees and mature hedges planted thirty years ago within two feet of the property fences. The hedges had been pruned...

Hardscape Installation – North Bennett Valley

The hardscape installation of this north Bennett Valley garden was part of a three-month project done in two phases. As described in the previous blog about root removal, the first phase was the demolition of existing concrete, fencing, grass, plants and irrigation....

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...