San Francisco, CA Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. A San Francisco landscape architect or designer works with living plants as well as building materials to design for future growth and maintenance as well as the present visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a landscape designer in San Francisco, CA that’s familiar with the local climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services in San Francisco, CA that will help create your dream garden. More
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The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design &... Read More
The Peninsula's Full Service Landscape Design-Build Company
Landsystems Landscapes is a full service landscaping design/build company that has over 25 years of experience....
  • Click to Call(650) 397-9317
  • 28 projects in the San Francisco area
Arterra provides a unique and visionary residential landscape design service which integrates art with technology... Read More
Bay Area Custom Outdoor Environments Built Just for You
Jim Redman has been designing and creating imaginative and functional custom residential landscapes and...
  • Click to Call(650) 389-5588
  • 2 projects in the San Francisco area
The Foxy Garden, an experienced San Francisco based Landscape Design Company, delivers personal, creative, and... Read More
Bay Area’s Premier Landscape Construction and Maintenance Company
We are a full service landscape construction and maintenance company servicing the San Francisco Bay Area. We...
  • Click to Call(650) 400-4399
  • 4 projects in the San Francisco area
Seed Studio is a residential landscape design studio serving the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We believe in... Read More
  • Click to Call(650) 351-4094
  • 4 projects in the San Francisco area
Residential landscape Design for the modern homeowner. Award winning and published firm. All of these photos are... Read More
Palo Alto Design Firm "Best of Houzz" 2015, 2016 & 2017
Greenblott Design has a unique advantage of combined talents. We are landscape and interior designers providing a...
  • Click to Call(650) 646-5494
  • 14 projects in the San Francisco area
Patrick Lannan Designs provides design and installation. Long time Landscaper in the Bay Area of San Francisco.... Read More
The Peninsula's Leading Landscape Designer
Bergez & Associates’ designs achieve uncommon outdoor environments on both small- and large-scale projects by...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7638
  • 7 projects in the San Francisco area
At Native Sun Gardens, the focus is on drought tolerant plants and low water gardening, edible estates and... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 466-1368
  • 9 miles from San Francisco, 4 projects in San Francisco
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San Francisco’s Premier Garden Design and Interior Plant Specialist
Living Green is a design firm specializing in unique gardens with a focus on the details. We have a garden...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7715
  • 8 projects in the San Francisco area
Peninsula Landscape & Hardscape Designer Best of Houzz '15, '17, & '18
Kristen Rudger brings expertise, creativity and enthusiasm to every project she designs, from simple garden...
  • Click to Call(650) 262-0601
  • 20 projects in the San Francisco area
Kate Michels Landscape Design specializes in creating custom residential gardens that reflect the personal taste... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 606-0097
  • 8 miles from San Francisco, 8 projects in San Francisco
Bay Area's Expert in Custom Outdoor Spaces | Best of Houzz 2018
Here at Gigi McAdam Landscape design we are dedicated to creating the perfect custom plan for you. Our goal is to...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7535
  • 7 projects in the San Francisco area
Bay Area's Certified Ecological Landscape Designer - Best of Houzz
At Native Sun Gardens, we are dedicated to creating sustainable landscapes by focusing on drought tolerant plants...
  • Click to Call(510) 466-1368
  • 37 projects in the San Francisco area
Huettl Landscape Architecture creates comfortable, yet compelling spaces that respond to the site, region and... Read More
  • Click to Call(925) 937-6400
  • 22 miles from San Francisco, 3 projects in San Francisco
Collaborative Award Winning Bay Area Landscape Design Build Firm
The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design &...
  • Click to Call(415) 980-4883
  • 44 projects in the San Francisco area
Peninsula Premier Landscape Design Build Firm, Best of Houzz!
Since 1992 Keith Willig Landscape Architecture and Construction has designed and built residential landscapes for...
  • Click to Call(650) 581-9146
  • 19 projects in the San Francisco area
Lazar Landscape has been creating beautiful, custom landscape designs for clients' homes in the San Francisco Bay... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 444-5195
  • 9 miles from San Francisco, 6 projects in San Francisco
The Peninsula's Top Resource for Sustainable Outdoor Design Solutions
At Rock Paper Clippers, our passion is updating old, tired spaces into beautiful, comfortable spaces that are...
  • Click to Call(650) 419-4524
  • 5 projects in the San Francisco area
GardenArt Group is an award winning Landscape Architecture and garden design firm in the San Francisco bay area,... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 992-5698
  • 1 mile from San Francisco, 3 projects in San Francisco
Industry Leading Northern California Landscape Architect & Designer
Design Focus is a Landscape Architecture & Construction firm located in Ben Lomond, California. We are currently...
  • Click to Call(831) 508-3249
  • 10 projects in the San Francisco area
Urban Botanics provides landscape design and construction services to residential clients around the San... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 734-1030
  • 15 miles from San Francisco, 5 projects in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Sustainable Residential Landscape Design
The Foxy Garden is a San Francisco based company offering sustainable residential landscape design, maintenance...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7609
  • 14 projects in the San Francisco area
Katharine Webster Inc. views every project as an opportunity to design landscape architectural solutions that are... Read More
Peninsula North's Finest Outdoor Living Space Design Specialist
Jennifer Doniach designs and maintains private gardens around the Bay Area. Her work focuses on creating new...
dhd damir hurdich design is a San Francisco and Los Altos based design practice focused on sustainable design... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 786-6427
  • 32 miles from San Francisco, 3 projects in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area's Forward-Thinking Landscape Architecture Firm
Each unique place we create is a sanctuary from the stresses of life and an environment that nourishes the spirit...
  • Click to Call(510) 833-6952
  • 14 projects in the San Francisco area
Zacate Landscape Design is an award winning residential design company. Based out of the Dogpatch district of... Read More
San Francisco Landscape Design Firm
Patrick enjoys the use of colors together with strong architectural forms of plants to compliment and enhance the...
  • Click to Call(650) 667-7863
  • 21 projects in the San Francisco area
Featured Reviews for Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
The Garden Route Company
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"The design/build team at Garden Route are impressive. Rich and Sandy's designs are contemporary and liveable, and always striking and interesting. The designs are enhanced by an environmental consciousness regarding the use of water and the use of plants such as native plants and grasses that do not require regular maintenance and a chemical regime to sustain. They have an outstanding knowledge of useful and innovative materials for their designs. They create conceptually interesting gardens where the complexity and thought that goes into the design and construction supports eminently liveable spaces."
- kayhamilton
Arterra Landscape Architects
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"As an architect, I've been fortunate to work with Vera & Kate on a number of projects over the years, including at my own house. They are nimble and attentive, and able to work in many settings."
- Mark English Architects, AIA
The Foxy Garden
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Audrey is great! Creative, knowledgeable and fun. She will work with you to create something unique and lasting. She has done two projects for us and continues to do the on-going maintenance to keep the garden fresh and lively. She cares about soil health, plant growth and is also knowledgable about water systems and the latest in drought irrigation technology."
- Kellie Menendez
Seed Studio Landscape Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Steve Ritchey of Seed Design is a talent and was really cool to work with. He was exactly the type of landscape designer we were looking to partner with on redesigning our narrow and long backyard space in San Francisco. He designed a beautiful, unique, clean, modern space for us. Steve offered creative ideas and solutions, directed us to lots of good local and online resources for sourcing materials, quickly responded to all our questions, and was deeply committed to delivering us a beautiful design that fit our aesthetic and met our budget. And he did just that; our beautiful backyard is a testament to his vision and commitment. Highly recommend Seed Studio for city dwellers in San Francisco, and those around the Bay and beyond."
- ericajsires
Growsgreen Landscape Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"We worked about a year ago with Beth at Growsgreen. Our garden is mostly modern, with large concrete retainers, but the previous owner hadn't done much with the landscaping. We knew we wanted a low maintenance garden with mostly succulents but needed someone to complete the vision and help us bring it all together. That's when Beth came to the rescue! After an initial meeting and walkthrough, she emailed us her recommendations and quote. Her quote was comparable to a couple of other landscape designers we spoke to, but her responsiveness and professionalism were highly superior, so we decided to work with her. In less than a month, she had turned our sad garden into a beautiful haven to come home to! It's been now a year and our garden is better than ever, as some of the plants are growing into the space, just as Beth had predicted. The vines are starting to wrap around our stairs nicely, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Beth was absolutely great to work with, always on time, stayed within budget, and is extremely pleasant to be around. We highly recommend her!"
- Hidamari
Patrick Lannan Designs
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"As many of you know Northern California is having its worst drought in pretty much ever. So in helping to conserve water, my hubby and I decided to remove our lawn while using the city of Napa's cash for grass incentive. The incentive pays you back $1 for each square foot of lawn you remove. I'd recommend looking into this in your own city to see whats available. With the lawn coming out we decided to take the opportunity to make some drastic changes to the exterior of our home including painting, lighting, new front door and of course landscaping. While choosing paint colors and fixtures is easy for me, designing a landscape is not. So I reached out to my FB friends and received a recommendation for Patrick Lannan Designs. After seeing his portfolio we were thrilled at the chance to work with someone so talented. Let me just say, from design to installation Patrick was a dream to work with. Not only is he a professional but he's also an excellent communicator and project coordinator. He and his team got the plantings in but also irrigation and lighting systems installed in the course of a weekend (take a look at the night time photos). One of the fun things of the process was walking through Flora Grubb with Patrick as our guide. This place is super cool! He showed us amazing plants and succulents that would work great in Napa. It's a lot warmer in Napa so it was important that the selections matched our climate. As you can see from the photos our project turned out to be pretty amazing. Patricks keen eye for color, shape and detail helped to take our boring beige house and turn into the jewel of the neighborhood. If you're not sure what to do with your landscaping I'd highly recommend reaching out to Patrick."
- Alexander Cowan
Native Sun Gardens
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Joshua Burman Thayer is a terrific landscape designer. He's knowledgeable about native plants and the different ecosystems that may coexist within a single yard. He makes suggestions based on what he knows will work well, but is always careful to take into account the client's tastes and budget, and how much watering and work they want to do. He is warm and prompt and lovely to work with, and he loves to show homeowners how to do their own plant care, if they are so inclined. We could not be happier with his work!"
- maryroach1
Kate Michels Landscape Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Kate completely redesigned the landscaping of our hillside lot, turning it into a wonderful place to entertain as well as enjoying quiet moments. Her design made the most of the best features of our property and combined a low maintenance garden with the opportunity to putter around as an amateur gardener. She did a meticulous job of planning and managing the construction process. She is very efficient, communicates very well and is cost conscious too. I have complete confidence that her design and execution are sound and beautiful. We will be grateful to her for years of enjoyment.."
- srkoppel
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Our experience working with Joe and his crew has been wonderful from design to installation. Joe met with us, took our initial idea and created a yard that captures the modern aesthetic of our Eichler home. Without him, small but important details would have been missed like pebble strips in the driveway, the honed cement block walls, and the simple cut out for the front fountain. Each is a small or simple item, but those details help make the project. We loved the front yard plan so much, we also had him do our backyard. And it is just as spectacular. People drive by our house and stop to look at the yard. Joe made sure all our concerns were addressed from drainage to the color of flowers. We gave him our budget and he stayed within it while providing a phenomenal project. His construction crew were also great to work with. They showed up on time, they left the site clean each day and kept us up to date on any changes or delays. Joe was at the site often to make sure we were happy with the progress, the plants, the layout, etc. When we did make some changes in the design Joe made the changes quickly, easily and perfectly. If this sounds like we are impressed with Huettl Landscape Architecture we are. Not only does he have a phenomenal design aesthetic, but he has a hardworking, experienced crew that is very capable of executing his designs which in our project included steel troweled stucco walls, masonry block walls, a custom deck, slate patio, pebble tile inset strips and 2 custom water features. We highly recommend Huettl Architecture. "
- katheecolman
Lazar Landscape Design and Construction
Landscape Architects and Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Fantastic experience with this landscape design and construction company! Our particular designer (Pam Cosce) was knowledgeable and professional in all meetings and we couldnt be happier with the results! No issues with deadlines--everyone that worked our site was extremely nice, professional and timely. Entire process from design to excavation to completion for our $100,000+ project was less than 9 months (design changes/plans and the city approvals took the longest time--probably 5-6 months.) Overall--very happy and highly recommend!"
- megfoley
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What does a landscape architect do?

The work of this outdoor professional includes most everything surrounding a home's exterior. A landscaping architect can even work with the home architect to choose the right spot for your San Francisco, CA house. From there the San Francisco landscaper will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs including the climate and activities that will take place, as well as layouts and planting plans. Landscape architects will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the space. Any grading changes that will be added to the yard are also the responsibility of the architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but licensed California landscapers are fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What does a landscape designer do?

A San Francisco landscaping designer generally will have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, garden designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a landscaper in San Francisco, CA will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with the planning portion, while some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscaping contractor. Others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape architecture and construction.

Before you hire a California professional landscaper, consider the scope and emphasis of your outdoor project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Gardeners, Lawn Care & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers in San Francisco, CA:

  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the landscaping business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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