California Native Plants

Ask me about creating a California native plant palette suited to the area you live in.

Need help with your landscape?

Would you like a few ideas for a small area or a master plan for a few acres?

 

I offer a full line of landscape design and related services to meet a variety of needs. For more information, please visit my Services page.

Landscape Plans

Unique plant palettes, precise CAD plans, landscape photo imaging, 3D rendering and web conferencing during the design development phase.

Design Details

A Few Ideas

When addressing small areas where plans might not be necessary, Hourly On-Site Consultation might be the way to go. Please visit the Services page for details.

Online Landscape Design

This service is designed for long distance customers. Meetings are conducted online, via web conferencing, to view your site photos, imaged views and the CAD plan. Please visit the Services page for more information.

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WELCOME to the website of LANDSCAPE DESIGNER, DONNA LYNN, based in Santa Barbara, serving coastal California and adjacent areas from Malibu to Santa Ynez as well as locations throughout the state of California via Online Landscape Design.

 LANDSCAPES to LIVE in and EAT from


Landscape design that provides areas for outdoor living and simple solutions for growing edibles. Plant palette design focuses on providing year 'round color and interest as well as food and nectar sources for hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Rain water harvesting possibilities are explored during the design process, as well. Virtual imaging in 3D or photo format is used as a visualizing tool. 

 

Allow me to help you create your own personal sanctuary.

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"Donna, thank you for being so easy to get along with. We appreciate that you listened to what we wanted and didn't try to push us... you are a joy to work with!" - Patricia, Santa Barbara                                                                                                       

Plant Palette, Landscape Design

Southern Hemisphere plants with Agave attenuata

Using plant palettes based on area of origin as points of departure, a unique plant palette is created for each client. Within each palette, plants that serve specific purposes are chosen, in addition to plants that provide interest throughout the year.

Garden Room Design

Fountain and Mediterranean climate plants in garden room setting

Creating attractive areas within the landscape for outdoor living - garden rooms, sanctuaries, nooks, niches and lookouts - that can then be personalized with fountains, furniture, pots and garden ornament.

Edible Garden Design

Fruit trees in stone planters on the slope

Including fruit trees and areas for growing vegetables is a recurring landscape design request. This can be accomplished in a number of ways depending on the needs and desires of the client. In the above example fruit trees were combined with native grasses and grass-like plants, colorful shrubs and perennials, and an ever-blooming slope cover that attracts hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

Rain Garden Design

Ask me about designing a rain garden using CA native plants.

A rain garden can serve as a water conserving, water harvesting lawn substitute that helps reduce harmful runoff to the oceans, provides year 'round color and beauty and can attract beneficial insects, hummingbirds and butterflies.

 

"Donna designed a lovely native, drought tolerant landscape for us, and worked with the landscaper to implement the design. The design included water harvesting features such as basins and swales to allow more time for water to penetrate the soil instead of running off. A recent storm put this garden to the test, and it performed well with very little runoff. We greatly appreciated Donna's patience, regular communication, design expertise, and her knowledge of native species."

Molly P. - Santa Barbara, CA

Native Plant Design

CA natives border walkway to front entrance

With a wide variety of native species to choose from, natives can be applied to most garden design styles. Visit the Natives page to learn more.

Virtual Imaging

During the design process, virtual imaging in 3D or photo format is used as a visualizing sketch tool. In the above example, a small area is divided into separate outdoor living spaces. Proposed changes to the house are depicted as well.

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