Building Gardens, Building Relationships

Projects take time to manifest. Problems and delays can sometimes challenge the designer–client relationship.
We take pride in a job well done. A clients’ praise when it’s all done is as valuable to us as the job itself.

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A Landscaping Genius

Poolside garden

Poolside garden

“The overhaul of our backyard space was a huge undertaking, and we could have never gotten through it without Laura’s expertise, guidance, and creative ideas. Her vision for our yard took us out of our comfort zone in the best possible way, and led to the best possible result: our yard is an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle, and it is the pride of our home.

“Furthermore, Laura continues to be a big part of the development of our outdoor space and its landscaping, years later, ensuring that our collective vision comes to life as the plants fill in.

“She is a design and landscaping genius!”

Isabel White-Petrikin
“Blue Bayou”

Authenticity and Craftmanship

Fire pit

Outdoor living room with fire pit

“I stumbled on Laura Morton’s website one night on a Google rabbit hole search for ‘firepits.’ I kept clicking on projects that she had designed! We hit it off on the first meeting, and broke ground within weeks.

“Laura’s re-imagining of our yard has given us three new living spaces: an outdoor dining room, a spa, and a living room with fire pit. People remark that it looks as though these features have been part of the house for years (it’s a 1924 Spanish).

“Laura has effortlessly woven together traditional elements, her own whimsy, and our ecclectic tastes into a seamless whole. The garden is easy to maintain and magical. I would highly recommend this experience of working with Laura. We never want to leave home!”

Sharon Hall-Kessler
“Catalina Dreaming”

Dazzling Creativity and Vision

Outdoor kitchen and dining area

Outdoor kitchen and dining area

“Working with Laura Morton Design was a transformative experience. We traded our patchy lawn, big water bills, and uninspired plantings for an exquisite, sustainable delight for all the senses. Midnight-blue agapanthus, fuschia flowering succulents, and golden California poppies dazzle the eye with seasonal shifts; lemon verbena and jasmine scent the air; and figs, pomegranates, and fraises-du-bois tempt the palate when we serve them in our new outdoor dining and entertainment spaces.

“Living in this edenic environment, the outdoors flowing so seamlessly with the indoors, the garden alive with hummingbirds and butterflies, has brought us in closer touch with the natural rhythms and subtle shifts of the Southern California landscape. Throughout the process, Laura Morton was open to collaboration, but dazzled us at every step with her creativity and vision. Our family couldn’t be happier.”

Susan Kandel and Peter Lunenfeld
“Casa de los Arcos”

Fantasy Come to Life

Waterfall, fire pit, and tropical foliage

Waterfall, fire pit, and tropical foliage

“Hiring Laura Morton was one of the best choices I have ever made. Her tireless enthusiasm and true artisanship made my backyard like stepping onto the Holodeck—another world indeed! I never thought that what was in my head could be extracted and revealed in such splendor. Laura’s imagination could inspire the world. Being with Laura was never like work, it was more like playing Fantasyland.

“I still can’t remember many of the plant names, other than the king palm, the olive, the various mints, the basils, the trumpet plant—but I love them all the same. There is magic in not really knowing to me. I leave those secrets to Laura and hope you allow her to bring such evocative wonderment to your project.”

Mala Vasan
“Hollywood Oasis”

A True Artist

Deck seating

Attractive—and functional—new deck seating

“Working with Laura Morton was a terrific experience. She is a highly talented and creative individual who really listens.

“While constantly working to meet our goals, she never stopped coming up with new and innovative ideas. She has real vision and is extremely knowledgeable about what thrives in specific areas.

“Laura is a true artist and designed an amazing outdoor living space for us that is not only practical but is rich and soulful as well.”

Ginsberg Family
“Canyon Family Playground”


Seating area with fire pit

Seating area with fire pit

“Laura has a great ability to translate my vague ideas of what I see in my head into something tangible that actually works in reality. I just sit in the garden these days and look around and think, ‘Wow! This is my house and my garden—I live here in this amazing place.’ Throughout the renovation I loved the way Laura would walk around the space with me as we bounced ideas around till we came up with something I love. I really feel like she’s been able to capture our vision and put that into reality instead of the ‘cookie cutter’ approach that some designers seem to push.

“Working with Laura has been a true pleasure. We have learned so much about plants and the design process. She has created a magical space for us that gets the same reaction from everyone that sees it: ‘WOW!’ Always brimming with ideas, and with access to great sources, Laura has a sophisticated aesthetic and a great eye, culled from years spent traveling the globe. She’s very professional in her approach and always has several solutions to any problem.”

Simon Heyrick
“Silverlake Jewel”

Mini Majorelle

Moroccan garden details

Moroccan details evoke the magic of Marrakesh

“We had some trouble finding a landscape designer who would take on the transformation of our grim 150-square-foot patio—and we are so lucky that Laura was willing to tackle her smallest project ever! We loved her Moroccan aesthetic, which perfectly meshed with the look and feel we sought.

“She conceived a mini “Majorelle Garden” full of easy-care plants that we novices couldn’t kill. Laura also introduced us to wonderful local sources for Moroccan accessories. She even contributed some of her own treasures brought back from Marrakesh. And when we found a beautiful piece of ironwork for which there seemed to be no space, she had the brilliant idea to wrap it around one of our planter boxes.

“We’ve also enjoyed our working relationship with Laura. She takes a genuine interest in the life of the garden even after it is completed; and she’s so helpful with advice when we have questions about the health and care of our plants.”

— “gatotravieso” (from HOUZZ)

Remarkable Professionalism

Red garden urn

Red garden urn in a stunning visual oasis

“I cannot say enough about Laura. She transformed an ailing backyard into a stunning visual oasis that now invites one into what was formerly unusable outdoor space.

“Laura has proven herself adept at managing an extensive project. Whether she’s ordering materials, making sure the work proceeds on schedule, or honoring budget concerns, Laura’s professionalism is remarkable. My husband and I found her a joy to work with and would recommend her services without hesitation.

“Our backyard is steeply terraced, and drainage issues threatened the foundation of our house. We interviewed several other landscape designers, but she impressed us from the beginning as someone who not only had an artist’s eye and a botanist’s knowledge of plants, but the solid understanding of drainage and engineering issues that the job required.”

— “stpaule” (from HOUZZ)

“Elegant outdoor living”

Laura is an all-around strong designer. Standing in one of her gardens, you will notice that lighting, materials, plants, and art are chosen and used with a masterful sensibility. Bold but never clunky, modern yet completely alive, Laura’s gardens define elegant outdoor living.

Sarah Kinbar
Editor in Chief, Garden Design Magazine

“A dedicated landscape industry professional”

Laura is a dedicated landscape industry professional, providing excellent and creative services to her clients. I would highly recommend Laura, as she is experienced, educated, and committed to utilizing the latest sustainable practices in her landscape designs.

Patrick Bones
President/Chapter Chair, APLDCA.org

“Serious work ethic”

I’m so pleased that Laura has joined us on the APLD California Chapter Board. She brings a balanced sense of serious work ethic and fun to everything she does. Laura is a thinker, but also a do-er. She has willingly taken on any challenge and managed it with aplomb and grace. She can also sing!

Maureen Decombe
Past President (2009), APLDCA.org