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.

Online Landscape Design

This service is designed for both local and long distance customers. Interactive, online meetings are conducted via web conferencing. Landscape photo imaging or 3D rendering are used as visualizing tools. Plants, paving materials, and other landscape features can be changed with the click of a mouse.

Please visit the Services page for more information.

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

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"Donna is professional, knowledgeable, and artistic. Her creative input was helpful and inspiring. I am excited and looking forward to implementing this new design for my garden" Joanne, Santa Barbara

Landscape Design - Landscape Plans

 "Take the time to design" During my 25 + years as a landscape designer, I have seen the benefits of taking the time to create a scale drawing-master plan for projects both large and small. I find my experience allows me to make suggestions that often save my clients money during the installation process. Attention to detail, as well as consideration of how the various elements of the completed landscape will work together can be given when the design is thought through rather than hastily installed.

 

The use of technology has enabled me to offer my customers a better quality product, more interactive and informative conceptualization experience as well as affordable cost. From start to finish, I rely on all that modern technology affords. 

 

During the design process, photo imaging or 3D software are used as design sketch tools to aid in visualizing the proposed finished product. Unique plant palettes are created for each client based on  location, personal taste and unique site conditions. During online meetings that are conducted via web conferencing, clients are able to view my computer desktop where I am able to display plant palette photos, site photos, the CAD plan, imaging photos or 3D renderings and make chasnges to the design. In addition, we are able to visit websites pertinent to the plants or materials used in the landscape plan.

 

The final product is scale drawings of hardscape features (patios, paths, walls, pergolas, etc), plants and lighting, using professional CAD software, resulting in precise, easy to read plans. Homeowners are then able to implement the design themselves or request job cost bids from landscape contractors.

EXAMPLE of AN ONLINE LANDSCAPE DESIGN                                                                                                                                                                                    In this rendered view of a landscape design for a property in the Santa Ynez Valley, an outdoor living area is combined with grape vines on the slope behind the retaining wall and a firepit, lawn and fruit trees in the side yard. This is an example of an Online Landscape Design project. A site plan and photos were provided by email and design development meetings were conducted online, via web conferencing. The finished CAD plan was saved as a *PDF file and emailed to the client.

*The PDF file saves the CAD plan as it was drawn and to scale. The homeowner would then transfer the file to a USB storage device and bring it to a copy center or blueprint shop to have it printed to the exact size and scale at which it was drafted.

 

Visit the Services page to learn more about my Online Landscape Design service.

 

Example of an Online Landscape Design and Building and Landscape Rendering

 

The challenge here was to create a landscape design for a general contractor in Colorado that included two separate outdoor living areas for two residences on one property. The buildings were created working from an architect's floor plans and then details were addressed during online meetings .

The landscape design includes a side deck for the main residence and a side patio for the  garage/carriage house dwelling. Changes to the buildings were made based on the landscape design.

Front View
Side View
Back View
2D View

Montecito landscape remodel using low water use Mediterranean climate plants.

Before
Imaged view of the landscape design

Large back yard, in the Goleta Valley, 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.

Before
3D rendered view of design concept
2D Plan View

Low water use Mediterranean climate plants  - Camarillo CA

Plant suggestions using landscape photo imaging software

Maximized living space in a small area. Below is a before photo and 3D rendering of a landscape design for a Montecito property with an extreme slope drop-off in the back. Proposed changes to the residence were depicted as well.

Mediterranean Plants

A low water use plant palette was used for the front yard for this central coast property. The plant palette consists primarily of plants from Mediterranean climates and the lawn suggestion is Buffalo Grass. Below, the before photo is followed by the first draft "photo sketch" and then the final version image.

Garden, Orchard, Outdoor Entertaining

Here, a challenge was presented to combine an enclosed, fenced-in vegetable garden with a greenhouse, orchard and entertaining area in combination with a native plant palette at the edge of a large property on the Gaviota coast.

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