Award-winning landscape designer Leslie Peluso specializes in native California and Mediterranean landscape design in San Jose and the South Bay. Her focus is on affordable, low-impact, low-water use design. Online services provided include landscape design and consultation, as well as a garden coaching option.
Whether you’re looking for someone to take full ownership of the landscape design process, or for someone to coach you through your DIY garden, Leslie offers a service that will suit your needs. Click the button below to find out which option is best for you.
“The amount of wildlife drawn to the garden since it’s completion is remarkable. I’ve seen many new types of birds, bees, and even lizards come to the garden where none were before. Leslie made sure the views from my windows are lovely and I very much enjoy being out among the fragrant plants.”Yvonne T., San Jose
“Leslie took my very basic ideas and turned them into a beautiful space that made sense and was exactly what we wanted. Everyone is amazed when they see it. Even a friend who is a professional graphic designer said it looked like a yard from Sunset Magazine!”Julie A., Sacramento
“Given the challenges of our home layout, Leslie was great at teaching us some landscape concepts such as entry sequence, balance, proportion and style, helping us to understand why we were so frustrated with what we had. She listened to our wants and priorities, especially how to tear out our front lawn and transition to incorporating our existing fruit trees with California native plantings. She was mindful of our budget constraints and our willingness to do much ourselves. She gave us the framework we needed to enhance the look of our property and create a welcoming entryway. We LOVE the way it looks. We enjoy spending time gardening there. We’ve been surprised at all the neighbors’ compliments. We got more than our money’s worth.”Ida and Rich, Willow Glen
“It was a pleasure working with Leslie. She listened well and really got the essences of my preferences and style. Her ability to look at the property as a whole really made the design cohesive. We’re loving our yard and enjoying it daily. Thanks Leslie.”Paula Stapleton, Willow Glen
“I really enjoy working with Leslie. We are converting our lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping. At the start of our project, she asked questions that got me thinking about what I really wanted in a garden and then we talked and she listened. She encouraged me to research and really paid attention to my preferences in palette, plant forms and textures. She delivered her designs very quickly and has been a tremendous resource for vendor sourcing, general tips for our project, and encouragement. Highly recommended.”Kristin B., San Jose