California Native Plants

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

Landscape Plans

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

Design Details

Waterwise Transformation

Before Design

An unused lawn is replaced with a flagstone patio, flagstone stepping stones, low water use plants, gravel and a small vegetable garden.

After Installation

Designing for Small Spaces

Townhouse Patio, Garden Room

Small spaces can present an interesting challenge as every square inch must be carefully considered and utilized - the end result being cozy and comfortable, outdoor garden room, living areas.

Townhouse Patio, Garden Room

houzz interior design ideas

WELCOME to the website of LANDSCAPE DESIGNER, DONNA LYNN, based in Santa Barbara, CA:  Offering Online Landscape Design for California and Arizona, including Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley, Ventura County, greater Los Angeles, the San Diego area, San Francisco and outlying vicinites, as well as metropolitan Phoenix, AZ

 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 can be 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.

Landscape for Outdoor Living: colorful painted walls, fireplace, pool with hillside slide and cave-like spa, grape vines on pool fence - Westlake Village CA

"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, tile patio, Mediterranean climate plants

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

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

Back yard with water harvesting basins - Goleta Ca

Large back yard, in the Goleta Valley CA, designed with a park-like layout. The space includes a series of rain water harvesting, infiltration basins, fruit trees, native and Mediterranean trees and plants, a buffalo grass lawn for young children's play, an area for outdoor living and growing vegetables and decomposed granite walkways. One hundred percent of the rain water that falls on the 19,000 sq. ft. area, is retained on site.

"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

California 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 Landscape Design

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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