Three Great Places to Stay in Wine Country Where I Designed the Landscaping

Here are three wonderful places to stay in Sonoma where I designed the landscaping

Ches Frédérique: for more photos, see my page, Mod French jewelbox garden

Chez Winnie:  for more photos see my page, Sonoma Cottage Garden


Hidden Oaks Bed & Breakfast, where we took out the lawn and added raised beds, espallier citrus, lavatera roses … and participated in Sonoma’s Cash For Grass Turf Rebate

Work in Progress

This was one of my stops today in Marin. We had a plant delivery here.


We’ll be putting ecolawn between these pavers.

Working on the stucco walls in the back

The guys were finishing off the pool today

Landscape design often misses the mix of modern and old


I took this picture from a digital magazine on my iPad  with my iPhone. Thanks zinio. It’s from the May/June Vogue Australia.

I like the use of recycled cabinets made into a puzzle art piece.  There’s usable space with modern sleek Duravit  sinks below.

Landscape design often misses the mix of modern and old that the more innovative interior designers employ.

The landscape that typically accompanies modern architecture too often is devoid of beautiful landscapes.  More typically there’s just a swath of water-thirsty lawn.

Why can’t we have beautiful plants in front of modern homes?

Interior design is way ahead of landscape design and architecture in terms of mixing styles and genres.

Nothing’s more beautiful than a super modern interior with a Louis XIV anything.

Putting up clematis avalanche

On steel trellises fabricated by Steel Geisha.

It’s the White Evergreen Clematis from San Marcos Growers

The time to plant in Northern California is now

If you don’t already know, the best time to plant in Northern California is during the fall – not during the spring. It’s best to get the plants in the ground just before the winter rains start so that they can root in and get the water they need. The plants can then focus on the roots and not on trying to leaf out or flower. Our winters are mild in Northern California – the ground isn’t frozen. If you put your little babies into the ground during spring, they can fry. Before you know the hot sun is beating down and the plant is trying to leaf out and flower and the roots are not established – so the plant’s growth is stunted.

I was reminded of this when I received my newsletter from the San Francisco Botanical Garden: As curator Don Mahoney says:

Autumn is planting season, especially for California native plants. In our Mediterranean climate almost 100% of our rain falls between October and May, which means our native species are adapted to grow in the wintertime. By planting in the fall, Mediterranean climate plants are able to become well established before the spring rains end and often can get by with no supplemental water the following summer. This is particularly important for shrubs and trees, like most manzanitas, Ceanothus, and Fremontodendron that tend to develop root problems from summer watering. More of these plants are lost to overwatering than to underwatering if they are established in a garden.

Also, check out the San Francisco Botanical Gardens’ website for beautiful prints and, especially, upcoming workshops. I want to go if I can can fit it in, although I’m quite busy planting these days because it’s fall.

Cafe String Lights Above Bocce Court

Check out these lights over this bocce court that I designed in Napa. You can get similar ones like these for a lot less at Pottery Barn (see photo below from Remodelista). While you’re at it, check out other outdoor lighting ideas there.

Welcome to the Rollin Landscape Design Blog

Hello and thanks for being here. This is the home of the Rollin Landscape Design blog.

I’ve put this site up to share photos and offer some occasional insight from the field.

The picture below is from a job in Sonoma Valley for my clients who founded the company, Design Within Reach