Custom Residential Landscape Contractor providing
Ecological Landscape Design & Landscape Installation

650.265.7596          408.331.1983





My husband and I would
like to thank you for our beautiful landscaping. We especially love our outdoor kitchen, shade-providing arbor, and the water fountain.”
—San Jose Realtor

Landscaping Services

(Use links under Landscape Installation on the left to navigate this page.)

The three major parts of your landscape project are Landscape Consultation, Landscape Design and Installation. All of these components correlate to meet your needs and desires.

Landscape Design & Consultations

Our garden design concepts are innovative, creative, artistic and responsive to our client’s needs. These are done by trained professionals and experienced landscape designers and landscape architects. We develop a Landscape Master Plan that aesthetically blends the architecture of the site and the surroundings to create a design that is elegant, functional, sustainable, and most importantly, compatible with the life style of our clients.

With our completed design in your hand, you’ll know exactly what type of hardscape elements are installed where; what types and sizes of trees, shrubs, and perennials you are getting—with no more guessing at supply or nursery centers and no more money wasted on the wrong choices. Please see complete list of our design services here.

How do we get started on the design process?

Please fill out our design questionnaire that communicates your design goals and preferences. The questionnaire is designed to help you start thinking about the various aspects of your landscaping, some of those issues you have not thought before.

Submitting the questionnaire requires no obligation to continue with the design process. It is our way of getting acquainted with your project, so that we can see whether there is a mutual fit or not. We customize our design proposal based on the results of the questionnaire and/or upon a visit to your site.

Landscape Installation

We are full service custom design build Landscape Contractor. We will help you transition from conventional landscaping to sustainable landscaping which will reduce your labor by 25%, your green waste by 60%, and your current water usage by 10%.


Masonry & Hardscape
We install your driveways, pathways, patios, walkways, seating areas, landscaping patios and hard surfaces with concrete either plain or colored or stamped or aggregate, brick, pavers, travertine, cobblestone, natural and pre-cast stone, recycled crushed base rock, permeable paving like pervious concrete, pavers, grasspave, and gravelpave.

Retaining Walls, Entry Columns, Seating Walls & Steps
We install rock, pre-cast, concrete, block, stucco, wood, stone either dry stacked or mortared non-engineered walls.

Water features, Pools, Spas & Fountains
We collaborate with top swimming pool contractors and install pool coping, pool patios, pool landscaping, Garden fountains, landscape ponds, water falls, and water fountains.

Carpentry: Fences, Decks, Gates, Arbors, Pergolas, Gazebos
We install wood, Trex or recycled wood composite decks, fences, gates, gazebos, pergolas, raised vegetable beds, custom wrought iron fences and gates, powder coated aluminum fencing.


Rock Work & special effects
link to landscape boulders & accents in portfolio features) We install landscaping on slopes or hills, landscape rocks or boulders, benches, containers and pots, garden accents, statuary, terracotta pottery.

Low voltage Lighting
We specialize in residential landscape lighting design, architectural outdoor lighting, automatic & time sensitive transformers, low voltage lighting fixtures, path lights, up lights, accent lights, arbor or trellis lights, wall lights, deck lights, entry column lights for security.

Grading & Drainage
We use flex drain pipe to connect downspouts, install french drains, solid drains, sump pumps, percolation pits, dry creek beds, swales, Geotextile, erosion control on slopes.

Outdoor structures
We design and install barbeque islands & BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen islands either pre-cast or custom made, outdoor heating, outdoor sinks, fire pits & fire places.


Irrigation & Water Management
We do residential irrigation design, install automatic irrigation controllers, sprinklers, drip emitters, soaker hose, bubblers, sub-surface irrigation, irrigation repair, water management & conservation techniques. We provide training to our clients to monitor their irrigation systems on a regular basis.

Lawns & Lawn Alternatives
We advocate and install low-maintenance lawns, non-toxic materials, lawn alternates like ground covers, no-mow lawns and hydroseeding with natural or wildflower mixes, grasspave, grasscrete, drivable lawns.

Planting & Tree Work
We install environmental & eco-friendly planting keeping in view low maintenance & drought tolerance, deciduous trees on south side, kid & wild life friendly for all styles of gardening, edible landscaping, specialty gardens using local plant material. We also help in pruning and removal of small trees.

We use organic mulches, recycled wood mulch, newspaper & cardboard as mulch & weed barrier, wood chippings from cut trees, recycled glass cullet to cover the planting areas to prevent weed growth.

We install edging for pathways and lawns using wood, aluminium, permaloc, trex, recycled plastic, concrete, pavers, stone materials.

Play Areas
We install tree houses, Rubberific Play Surface, SoftPave or PlayGuard, Gold fines or DG, sports court, bocce court, play structures, basketball courts.

Sustainable Landscaping
  • Utilization of California native plants, recycled paving materials, pervious concrete, highly-efficient subsurface drip irrigation, evaporation-transpiration controllers, grey-water irrigation, non-toxic amendments, recyclable materials that can be recycled in the future
  • Minimization of especially harmful chemical inputs such as toxic pressure-treated wood, herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers, but also scarce resources such as water, wood, paving materials, and petroleum products
  • Minimization of waste of green materials, water runoff, and construction wastes
  • Maximization of natural resources, such as solar energy, reusable materials, mature vegetation, pleasant views, as well as on-site water preservation, improvise soil structure
  • Maximization of benefits such as aesthetic beauty, organic produce, cut flowers, play areas, and wildlife habitats

Specialty Maintenance
We offer quality residential landscape maintenance only to the client projects installed by us. The services include Organic lawn care, landscape enhancement services to upgrade, enhance and repair existing landscape and irrigation systems, season specific pruning & weeding, seasonal flower design & planting, tree management and plant healthcare.


Hortus Design is a Sustainable Landscape Design, Build & Maintenance company.

We specialize in Low Maintenance Landscapes, California Native Gardens, Lawn Alternative & Water-efficient Gardens.
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