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Danville Landscape: Old World Charming
August 22, 2019

Danville Landscape: Old World Charming

The challenge with this project, a one-acre parcel in a quiet neighborhood, was to take…

California Native Fire-Adapted Plants
July 6, 2019


Clients come to Susan Friedman Landscape Architecture (SFLA) with varied goals in mind. More usable…

May 9, 2019

May Flower Power

Check out these favorite California native powerhouse perennials in bloom this month, upcoming National Public…

April 24, 2019

Sweet Spring & Succulents

Sweet Spring is here, and the succulents are blooming! Take a peek at our latest…

April 2, 2019

Get Ready to Bloom!

Landscaping with native California wildflowers, and where to catch the local “super bloom.” Upcoming events,…

March 19, 2019

Spring Into Green

Miner’s lettuce, ferns, and checkerbloom are some of the first to turn the ground GREEN in Spring!

March 5, 2019

Spring is Around the Corner

Cercis occidentalis ‘Claremont’, Claremont Western Redbud – a star of late winter, and a new featured…

February 12, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day

From all of us at SFLA this Valentine’s Day… We LOVE you!

The dainty bell-shaped blooms of the California Manzanita are some of the first to ring in the new year!
January 15, 2019

January 2019

Happy 2019 from SFLA! A warm and cozy spotlight, and what’s in bloom this month!…

January 15, 2019

Spotlight Project: Warmth and Elegance in San Ramon

Gather around the welcoming fireplace for an evening in this San Ramon back yard. Enjoy the warmth of…

January 15, 2019

From the Mailbag: A Wonderful Bounty in Alamo, CA

Thanks to these wonderful Alamo clients for the update on an exciting project from 2014. An…

January 15, 2019

January: In Your Native Garden

During the rainy season Toyon bursts with red berries to feed robins, waxwings and many other bird species. Hummingbirds…

January 15, 2019

Native Plant Highlight

Arctostaphylos – California Manzanita California alone has more than 40 different native species of Arctostaphylos……

December 17, 2018

December 2018

Happy Holidays 2018! Featuring CA native Toyon, a new project in Pleasanton, a delicious recipe,…

December 17, 2018

Featured Project: A Pleasanton Transformation

This Pleasanton backyard space had good “bones” with an existing swimming pool, mature fruitless olive…

December 17, 2018

A California Gardener’s Delicious Winter Recipe

Burrata Toasts with Caramelized Walnuts and Mint-Pomegranate Pesto With the winter holidays upon us there’s no…

December 17, 2018

Winter Pruning Tips

“Timing is Everything.” Just like the saying, this rings true when it comes to pruning…

December 17, 2018

Citrus Pruning

Growing citrus in California is a must – Meyer Lemon, Clementine, Lime, Kumquat… all perform…

December 17, 2018

Native Plant Highlight: Heteromeles Arbutifolia – Toyon

A California native evergreen shrub that typically grows into a dense plant to 10 feet…

November 7, 2018

November 2018

SFLA’s November Newsletter – Fall in Full Color! A new featured project, winter veggie ideas,…

November 7, 2018

Veggie Gardens to “Fall” For Growing Winter Vegetables

“As much as we love ripe tomatoes, by midsummer, we’re already fantasizing about our fall vegetable garden.…

November 7, 2018

This month’s Featured Project: Amazing Alamo Renovation

SFLA was contacted to design a comprehensive landscape plan for a quiet Alamo neighborhood residence.…

November 7, 2018

Wild Turkeys in the Landscape!

Have you been visited by flocks of our native wild turkeys? We see them often…

November 7, 2018

This Month’s Native Plant Highlight: Acer Circinatum – Pacific Vine Maple

The Pacific Vine Maple is an understory plant in its natural environment. As a large shrub…

October 8, 2018

Fall 2018

Fall is here! A new season, a new featured project, and some SFLA favorites! READ…

September 10, 2018

End of Summer 2018

Fall gardening tips, fire-safe landscaping, our newest SFLA member & more! READ MORE

July 6, 2018

Summer 2018

Check out our Summer 2018 newsletter! Featuring Susan’s budding landscape in San Ramon, a peak…

October 30, 2017

Fall 2017

It’s Fall, and that means leaves are falling everywhere. What a wonderful, and FREE resource for our…

September 8, 2017

Summer 2017

Be sure to read our latest newsletter introducing our newest SFLA team member Audrey, with…

May 26, 2017

Spring 2017

Spring in Full Swing! Enjoy a recap of SFLA’s gardens on the 2017 Bringing Back…

December 8, 2016

December 2016

Season’s Greetings! Click below for Winter maintenance tips, info about SFLA’s four gardens on the…

September 13, 2016

September 2016

The seasons are changing – what does that mean for our local landscapes? Learn about tree…

July 26, 2016


San Miguel Island Buckwheat – Eriogonum grande var. rubescens, has red to pink flowers that…

February 8, 2016

February 2016

Spring is in the air!  DWR snow pack survey results, gas fire-pit safety tips, bare…

December 16, 2015

December 2015 Happy Holidays!

We love this time of year, and not just because of the rain we’ve been…

September 30, 2015

Autumn 2015 – Harvest Season

It’s pumpkin season! Everyones favorite curcurbit, fall plant sales, irrigation surveys and more! Read More

July 14, 2015

Summer 2015 – A Season of Color

Summer in our Mediterranean climate, drought tips for lawns and trees and a look at…

February 13, 2015

February 2015 – LOVE in the Garden

A look at “pretty-in-pink” Cercis occidentalis, winter gardening tips, bringing the element of fire into your…

December 2, 2014

Winter 2014 – Season’s Eatings!

Tis the season, folks! Of short days and cold weather and RAIN (YAY!. Of gifts…

October 13, 2014

October 2014 – Natives & the Drought

You’ve heard before that we are in a drought, but what have you been doing…

August 4, 2014

Summer 2014 – All About the Drought

Saving water doesn’t have to involve the cost and inconvenience of tearing up your yard…

January 11, 2014

January 2014

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve made two:  reduce sugar consumption…

December 17, 2013

December 2013

What about our frozen and drooping plants that clearly aren’t going to make it through…

October 8, 2013

October 2013

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, now is perfect time to…

July 23, 2013

Crape Myrtles Bursting with Summer Color

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area and see a beautiful flowering tree…

June 11, 2013

June 2013

In the midst of the busiest season I’ve had in the twenty years I’ve been…

April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day became a movement when 20 million Americans gathered to…

March 25, 2013

Checklist for Working with a Landscape Architect

Get the Results You Want! Choosing the right landscape architect for your project is an…

March 19, 2013

Garden Planning for 2013

If yard improvement projects are on your “to-do” list for this season, then right now…

Erysimum capitatum
March 12, 2013

Spring has sprung

5 things to do in your garden today! In the San Francisco Bay Area, rain…

white crowned sparrow on thorn branch
March 5, 2013

Song Birds Are Coming!

The San Francisco Bay area is flush with songbirds, both those just passing through and…

March 3, 2013

March 2013

In the Bay Area, spring has shaken off its wet head to finally emerge in…

Overly ripe green beans turn into next year's plants
November 12, 2012

The Other Harvest

At this time of year, most gardeners have just about finished harvesting the last of…

November 5, 2012

Feijoa Sellowiana – Pineapple Guava

One of the many surprises in the garden occurs when a plant rewards its owner…

October 17, 2012

Japanese Maples – All Aglow in the Fall

Nothing signals fall more than Japanese maple trees (botanic name acer palmatum) blazing with fall…

October 9, 2012

Fall Gardening

Six Things to Do in Your Garden Now! As the days grow shorter, and trees…

July 10, 2012

Outdoor Kitchen Design

Summer in the backyard means hanging out with family and friends, sitting around the outdoor…

June 29, 2012

Don’t Dig Before You Design

Buying garden plants at a nursery or garden center can be so much fun.  All…

May 14, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

5 Things to Do in Your Garden In the San Francisco Bay Area, rain showers…

April 24, 2012

Nature’s Playground; Yosemite National Park

One of nature’s most magnificent playgrounds, Yosemite National Park is truly one of the most…

April 16, 2012

Earth Day 2012

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day became a movement as 20 million Americans gathered throughout…

March 20, 2012

Outdoor Paving Choices

“With so many paving material choices – which one should I use?” This is a…

March 15, 2012

Signs of (Palm) Spring(s)

I just returned from Palm Springs for a short R&R break and quality time with…

March 7, 2012

California Arbor Day

Today is California Arbor Day! It’s a great day to help the earth by planting…

March 1, 2012

The “Garden Gate” Blog

Thank you for entering the “Garden Gate”  to my Susan Friedman Landscape Architecture Blog page. …

March 1, 2012

Leap into Garden Planning for 2012!

If yard improvement projects are on your “to-do” list for this season, then right now…

February 9, 2012

20 years

My Dear Client, I hope all is well with you and yours in this New…

Kalich - Boulder fountain, Japanese maple tree, native planting, stamped concrete

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