Shade Sails


As a landscape designer in San Diego, I love the contemporary character of shade sails, their playful yet elegant forms and their subtle colors. They make an artistic statement, be it in a Mediterranean landscape, an eclectic “California mix” or the landscape design adorning a modern home.

Since the sails can be mounted on roofs, façades or freestanding posts not planted in a fixed square or rectangle, I enjoy the artistic freedom that this allows my residential landscape designs, such as the one I did, pictured above, in La Jolla. These free-form shapes can totally transform a bland landscape into an architectural showpiece.

Here are some other benefits to shade sails:

Protection from UV rays (some fabrics offer up to 97 percent UV protection)

Custom designed to fit the project’s requirements, in triangle, or trapezoid/square shapes (some standard sizes are available)

Add value to the home and attractiveness to the landscape

Increase privacy or block out a bad view when set up vertically

Withstand high wind ratings

Low maintenance with just yearly washing recommended (some installers offer this service)

Stand up to the rigors of day in–day out exposure to the sun (many shade sails also have up to 10 years of manufacturer’s warranty against UV degradation)


Christiane Holmquist

Categories: Gardening