Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Noe Valley Design Project or: My Work is Play

Garden design challenge!

Over the weekend I took on a project to makeover a house-front planting strip for a client in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

Many clients want a gardener just for the maintenance and to occasionally add or replace a plant or two, but I really become alive when I get to be creative. It's so exciting to take a plot of shabby land and transform it into a feast for the senses.
I had a color and texture palette in mind to play into the style and paint color of the house, a stony gray with a sort of charcoal-purple trim. So I headed over to Flowercraft nursery on Bayshore Blvd to realize the design image I had in my head.

A goal of mine was to update the garden, modernize it a bit. From my gallavanting around town over time and with a keen eye on any garden I see, I had a sense of which plants were being used for what type of homes and what areas of the city, etc.

I am very happy with the outcome(as is my client!) and most importantly none of it felt like work! Gimme MORE!


  1. Nice work! Plant list sometime, maybe? :) Cute little cypresses (?) in the parking strip square. Are they gonna let you dig up the sidewalk and put a whole garden out there? Nice "work"!

  2. I really like the blue/gray and maroon color scheme. That flax will mask the wall nicely in no time. Is that bog rush, I saw? I have that growing out front by the walkway. I love the seed heads. Great architectual element. What's the tree? Looks laceleaf like but couldn't quite make it out. Great job!

  3. Hey Karen,

    I apologize that I don't have all the plant names...should've kept the tags! The cute little plants in the parking strip square are actually Asparagus Ferns...now to keep the neighborhood doggies from doing their business there. Maybe a sign that reads "Urinomic Free Zone"??

  4. oops...Urinomic Free Zone would mean that Urinomics is encouraged...if Economy is encouraged in an Economic Free Zone, right? Anyway...:P