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Here are some updated shots of the Colby project in Encinitas. The Black Pines have been trained now for a whole year and within the next few years should really start to like traditional Japanese Bonsai. The plant pallete has filled in nicely and even though this garden uses very little water, it is extremely verdent and has a cooling effect on the house. Enjoy…







It’s been an amazing beginning to 2010. We are staying really busy and I couldn’t be more thankful. I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know that we are still very much in business and have some really amazing projects on the boards and under construction.

I opted to not do the Garden shows this year so I could focus on the projects we have and to spend more time with my family. Some have taken that to mean we are not doing construction anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I have an amazing group of people working with me to realize my designs. Everyone is involved, the landscapes are true collaborations and they are turning out better than ever.

As promised I will continue to post here as much as I can, and encourage comments. Thank you to everyone for their continued support! Look for our Ads in San Diego Home and Garden, and come back here for more pictures and updates. We have a lot of exciting things happening this year… stay tuned

Here are few photos of some interior plant arrangments completed for Mixture in Little Italy. There are many to choose from and custom arrangements are available. Stop by and check them out!

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“A garden is explained by its form. This is the way that various elements are grouped in relation to one another. Of all the decisions that one takes when designing a garden, the most critical is the choice of its proportions. Visitors to a garden are unlikely to say how they admire its proportions; but I have heard them say that the garden “feels right”, which amounts to the same thing.” – Christopher Bradley-Hole

Have you ever walked into a garden or building and had that feeling? It doesn’t happen often, and as a designer you only hope to create a space that draws that kind of emotion.

Anyways, that was my quote for the day. Enjoy

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ in Bear Run, PA, this custom home designed by Domus Studio, San Diego is our latest project.

Its great to be brought in on a project like this so early in the design phase. As the project progresses I will post more, and I’m very curious to hear your thoughts or critiques. It seems serendipitous that a ‘Fallingwater’ inspired house should have it’s landscape done by Falling Waters, SD.

FLW’s original intent was to bring man and nature as close as possible, quite literally creating a house on top of a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. Built in the later part of the 1930′s, ‘FALLINGWATER’ has become iconic with FLW’s work and with influential design around the world. It was with great respect and humility, and a ideal similar to Wright’s that I chose the name Falling Waters. More to come…

 To scale model, Domus Studio

I’ve had some requests to post pictures of my Son, Eli. So here ya go. This was from last weekend at the Colony Palms in Palm Springs and at the Parker Palm Springs.  Apropos of nothing… he also said “Dada” that weekend, so yeah, not too shabby





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So this would be my first post in 2010 and I am really going to try hard to post more photos of my projects, more ideas, more photos of stuff I like, etc.

After talking to several friends and clients, people actually read what I write…. who knew?

So, taking all the feedback into consideration I will do my best to make this site even more of a resource in 2010 for designers, homeowners, and contractors. Look for posts about my personal vacations, Falling Waters projects (in various stages of progress), new plants, great local nurseries, designers and Architects that inspire, new books for the industry, friends of mine who are doing amazing work, and of course general information I find useful.

Your feedback is always appreciated:


Oh, and check back soon for the new and updated website with more projects and more information!

Thank you everyone for your continued support,

Ryan Prange

We just finished our latest project in Scripps Ranch. While the project was small, it is having a big impact on the home owners. Switching over to drought-tolerant natives and grasses while reducing the lawn square-footage and adding a much more efficient irrigation system has given a whole new feel to the property.
I’ll post more photos once the landscape fills in a bit.
Thank you A and M for being wonderful clients.. I look forward to the backyard :)
(great night shot by the way)
New Sconces and path lighting by Hinkley add a welcoming touch to this Scripps Ranch home

New Sconces and path lighting by Hinkley add a welcoming touch to this Scripps Ranch home


Its been really difficult to make this decision but I have decided to it is time to leave the 2911 building.

It has been an inspirational place to work and interact with other like-minded business owners. While I hate to say goodbye to such a unique environment, I’m hoping that our new space in Encinitas will be equally inspirational and open up new opportunities to expand and grow Falling Waters.

Our website and # are the same.

Thank you to Lorrie, Joseph, Jeff, Jimmy and everyone else at the 2911 for being great friends and wonderful business coaches!



My sister-in-law, Jojo sent me a link to this great blog “Inside the Loop” . She figured I would enjoy the Japanese Ikebana arrangements… and she was right. It made me think about some of the arrangements that I have done in the past, mostly with succulents. Succulents are SO easy, and the fact that most require very little water and can handle filtered sun makes them perfect for office windows, indoor table-tops, and really anywhere else. A great idea: keep one arrangement outdoors in elements, and the other in your favorite spot indoors.

Using simple pots in basic shapes ensures that the pot will compliment, not compete, with the plant scheme. Depending on the plant choice, I like to either plant en masse or take two or three varieties and place them according to growth pattern. This is where it helps to know how the plants will grow. If you are using succulents, check out this website (www.plugconnection.com) for comprehensive growth information on several different succulent varities. If grasses are more your style, stick with the festucas or mondo grasses (ophiopogon japonicus). If the container is large enough, Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa) or any of the pennisetum varieties make great specimens surrounded by creepers like trailing rosemary, Tradscantia, or Ipoemia.(Potatoe vine).

I like to dress the pots with decorative gravel, sand, or glass. Wood bark is too messy and degrades over time. I also prefer to use concrete, terrazzo, glazed ceramic, or fiber-cement containers. Terra Cotta pots are cheap and can be planted up and placed in a more-expensive container and top-dressed. This is especially useful if your using a container that doesn’t hold up to the elements, like Zinc or wood.

I especially love the tray planters that we manufacture and sell. They are created with either stainless steel or weathered and lacquered steel. I use bromeliads, succulents, Air plants, orchids, and whatever else is lying around that needs a home. They are called trayscapes and come in three sizes T1, T2, and T3

They are available for purchase at Mixture in Little Italy and Grounded in Encinitas. Custom arrangements and commissioned pieces available upon request.

T1 with bromeliad, and succulents

T1 with bromeliad, and succulents