Monday, November 23, 2015

Dreaming of Sails

This time of year, many people in the Northern Hemisphere are thinking about folding up their shade sails.  We recently visited a garden that has a great shade sail arrangement.

Plus, the real purpose of the sales isn't shade!  It's to protect giant koi from predators.  Apparently, if egrets and other birds can't see the koi from the sky, they don't drop to the ground to investigate further.

This garden has cool koi and a sculptural display of triangular mesh!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

California Lantern

Lanterns add instant intrigue to garden nooks.  Grouped with daphnes, lomandra, hydrangea for low highlights and camellias, maples, cercis for high shelter, this stone lantern pulls several elements together.

At a height of 24" and balanced on a large stone, the lantern provides a solid foil for all the soft foliage.  The wide hood is an easy resting place for the eye, with all the leaf shapes and colors radiating into the distance.

For special evening occasions or a random Wednesday, a candle can cast a soft glow over the garden, adding to the mood.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pine Street Progress

Studio Wildwood redesigned the front yard[s] of a two story Victorian in the old town part of Sausalito.

There are actually three separate sections on the street side.  They each have their own personality.  The full sun section is predominantly succulents, grasses, and citrus.  The other two are a mix of perennials, flowering shrubs, and ground covers.  See recent photos at
The main them is deep purples and reds to contrast with the yellow fa├žade.  By Spring, the 'after' photos should be much more impressive!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sausalito Part Deux

Wildwood started a new [pruning] project in Sausalito today.

The massive ornamental pear needed thinning and reducing before new plants are added.  The tree shrunk but there is still a ways to go before the ridgeline is visible from the porch!  That will happen next June.

Soon, the cactus will shift to the side yard and a much more colorful palette will enter the yard.  The plant collecting is at full bore now sourcing all the perennials!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

End of Summer Party

Summer farewell parties are bittersweet unless it's Indian Summer!  Last Sunday, the owners of one of Wildwood's gardens threw a neighborhood party.

Many of the roses, digiplexis, hydrangeas, geraniums, eupatoriums, and guaras cooperated with late season blooms.  The table floral decorations added extra punch while the outdoor bar created a rosy filter.  See pics on Wildwood's facebook.

Many of the attendees were from Loudmouth [think the US curling team pants...] and Haute Flash [the band] jazzed things up!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Morning After Rain

The skies washed away months of dust and haze, leaving pristine views early this morning on Adobe Canyon in Kenwood.

We pruned this naturally stunted fir tree to accentuate the layers.  One more touch up this winter should leave the tree looking like a giant bonsai.  Hint: lowering the top is the last step!

There are many more manzanitas and oaks in the garden that benefitted from selective pruning.  See more photos including a surprise guest!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Sale Starts

Wildwood Nursery's annual sale is now officially on!

Newsletter subscribers did have an early jump on things this weekend.  Nevertheless, there are still tons of awesome deals sitting around the nursery.  From Japanese maples to ginkgos to dogwoods everything is 30% off.

Usually, the sale happens before fall color so folks have to imagine fall colors.  This year, many trees  have the bright scarlets, oranges, and gold of fall!  See fruits on the dogwoods and much more.