When it comes to your landscape layout, the most important factor to notice is where the sun and shade are present for the majority of the day. Often times, people will plant sun loving plants in the shade, or shade loving plants in the sun. Thankfully, our experienced and knowledgable team understands Santa Barbara's climate and knows which plants are best for your sunlight and shaded areas. We will communicate with you to assess which areas of your unique property receive the most sun, the most shade, and everything in between to provide you landscape layout options.
Another important factor is to understand how large specific plants will grow. Although most plants are small when first planted, it is essential to understand how large a plant will grow to better plan your landscape layout and to save yourself from future hassles. We are here to help and offer great landscape ideas so you don't have to do the research yourself.
Lastly, Santa Barbara is an area known for frequent droughts. Incorporating water wise plants in your landscape has a significant positive impact on your monthly water bill. We can advise you on ways to save money on water by including drought resistant plants such as, succulents, Spanish lavender, kangaroo paw, agave, aloe and pride of madeira.
Softscape vs. Hardscape
The soft-scape and hard-scape of your property are the two factors which make up your outdoor landscape. An easy way to understand the difference between the two is that they are opposites of each other, the yin and yang of your outdoor space.
Softscapes refer to all the "soft" elements of your outdoor property. Plants, mulch, shrubs, hedges, trees and flowers are a few examples to give you a better idea. The softscape of your property changes over time, and requires more maintenance when compared to the hardscape. Softscapes are generally living, while hardscapes are not.
Hardscapes refer to all the "hard" elements of your outdoor property. Tile, brick, concrete, stone, lighting, water fixtures, patios, decks and driveways are a few examples to help you better understand what the hardscape of your property is. Hardscapes do not change as much over time when compared to softscapes, and the hardscape of your property requires less maintenance as it does not grow like softscapes.
When it comes to any service under the softscape umbrella, we have you covered. However, we do not offer hardscape project design services, we recommend contracting a constructor for that.