San Francisco Mission:
Urban park-like paradise

When the owner of this home returned after years of renting his property out, he knew the tenant “improvements” in the backyard had to go. Working with the theme of “Urban Park,” Deborah Thomas Gardens leveraged some of the mature plantings for continuous beauty while reshaping the rest of the landscape into a lush, low-water and low-maintenance oasis. Prime for entertaining, the redone yard has even hosted a celebrity photo shoot!


  • Low-maintenance decomposed granite replaced lawn, requires zero water
  • Mix of existing and new plants
  • Plenty of open space for entertaining
  • Modern, lush, contemporary feel