Foggy coastline, bay marshland, flat valley, and forested rolling hills characterize the San Francisco Peninsula, each terrain supporting varied plant types. So, how do you go about selecting plants that will not only look great in your new landscape but thrive? Kristen Meyer, landscape designer and Bay Scenery plant specialist, gives her tips on selecting plants to feature in your new outdoor living space.
Sustainable landscape design strategies can inspire every garden project, are include adopting smart water, plant health, and plant selection practices. Sustainable landscape design is woven into the development of initial garden concepts, the installation process, and caretaking after everything is in place. Here are ten things to think about when creating a landscape design:
Imagine stretching out on a chaise lounge chair under a big blue sky, to soak in the sun’s warmth or relax with a good book. No, you’re not at an all-inclusive resort, but your own backyard. For Astrid Gaiser, a San Francisco Peninsula Landscape Designer, the beach and swaying palm trees denote vacation, so she created a tropical oasis in her backyard. For many of her clients, the tamer Mediterranean and California native landscapes bring on vacation getaway vibes. To achieve sustainable and vibrant outdoor living spaces fit for an all-year staycation garden retreat, Gaiser loves to incorporate the following elements into her designs.
San Francisco Peninsula based Verdance Landscape Design focuses on creating outdoor spaces for living. John Black, the firm’s Principal, designs outdoor spaces to guide garden visitors on an emotional journey, stirring up feelings of relaxation, connection with the environment and awe of nature’s beauty.
Well, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these innovative San Francisco Peninsula area landscape designers, and we’d love a chance to work with the rest! Together they offer a variety of landscape design aesthetics speaking to different types of clients. Click through their websites and Houzz profiles to see what projects they’ve worked on in the past and soak up some landscape design inspiration while you’re there.
Coastal wooded hills dotted with countryside estates and open space nature preserves define the San Francisco Peninsula town of Portola Valley. Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Bay Area district co-president, Janet Enright was challenged to reclaim a home’s driveway view overlooking the neighboring hillside which was hidden by a jumble of overgrown plants. Enright’s design would create a unifying transition of the home’s garden spaces incorporating mostly native plants. Follow Enright’s before and after landscape design process at the Portola Valley site.
With finalized landscape design plans in-hand, you’re excited for work on your outdoor oasis to begin. At Bay Scenery, a dedicated project manager will ensure construction of your new landscape runs smoothly from initial proposal estimate to final walkthrough. Bay Scenery’s Senior Project Manager, Michael Greenwood shares what steps go into taking your dream outdoor living space from blueprint to soil.
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When you’re looking to hire a landscape contractor to transform your outdoor space into a relaxing getaway, make sure you choose credible licensed professionals. Bay Scenery, a licensed California landscape contractor, has undergone state exams certifying a high level of construction ability and application of building codes. You may be tempted to pick someone without a license who quotes a low price, or you might be unaware of how to find a reputable licensed landscape contractor. The following points will help you make informed decisions about who you’ll allow to do landscape construction on your property.