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.

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...

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...