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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

garden design

We specialize in designing colorful, water-conserving landscapes in Santa Barbara and Goleta that make the most of the many beautiful Mediterranean and California native plant species that thrive in our temperate climate.

Our Philosophy:

Whether you are tending the tiniest patio or the grandest estate, gardening is one of life's greatest pleasures.

No matter what your space, daily dose of sunlight or soil type, scores of beautiful Mediterranean and California native plants can fill your garden with months of long-lasting blooms. Many also offer attractive foliage in shades of green, silver, red, bronze and blue, providing a captivating interplay of color, contrast and texture.

Our designs typically include trees, shrubs and perennials that are well suited to our seasonal cycle of warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

These proven performers require little supplemental irrigation. They shrug off pests and diseases naturally, without heavy doses of chemicals. They are child and pet friendly. And they support wildlife -- especially birds and butterflies. We work with nature at every step.

That approach extends to the vegetable garden as well. Diversity of plantings, rich, loamy soil, beneficial insects, companion planting and composting all contribute to harvests that are delicious, healthy and beautiful on the table.

Whether you desire a wild, Mediterranean meadow, an informal, jumbled cottage-style garden, a quaint, kitchen garden or a soothing swath of greenery, we will design an inviting outdoor living space that's just right for you.

At Santa Barbara Garden Design, we pride ourselves on tailoring each garden to the needs and aesthetics of each client. Just like our clients, no two gardens are alike. Yet they will all grow and flourish, providing beautiful spaces for years to come.

Here's How We Work:

We first meet with you to find out what you hope to achieve, and to assess your existing landscape. Then we measure the site and draw preliminary hardscape plans and planting plans.

When we present the preliminary plans, we provide samples or photos of each and every material and plant. Once you've signed off on the preliminary plans, we prepare detailed final plans. We want to make sure that your new garden suits your lifestyle and needs, and becomes a favorite place for you and your family to relax and enjoy.

You may put the project out to bid to landscape contractors, have a gardener install the design or complete the installation yourself.

In addition, you may arrange for us to monitor the progress of the installation, and to return on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis to provide advice about maintenance.

How Much Will It Cost?:

While it's difficult to estimate the cost without seeing a property, front or back yard designs typically start at a couple thousand dollars, then go on up, depending on the scope and complexity of the project.

Installation costs vary widely as well. A general rule of thumb is that landscaping a front or back yard, or a substantial area in any property, is similar to the cost of installing a new kitchen. A basic landscape may cost about 5% of the value of the home; a nicer landscape may cost about 10% of the value of the home; and a high-end landscape may cost 15% or more of the value of the home. Given the extreme housing prices in our area, those percentages may be a little high. But they're a good place to start.

Other Services:

We also offer garden consultations. We will spend several hours with you to help you understand how to maintain and maximize the beauty of your garden. If you wish, we will follow up with a written report.

And if we design your garden, you may buy plants directly from us. We will gather the best specimens possible, then deliver and set them out for you on planting day. Please contact us for details.