Harmony Ranch

Harmony Ranch

Harmony Ranch | Harmony, CA

The surrounding coastal hills of this residence are prone to heavy winds and beautiful vistas. In an effort to shield this home from view from the road, a large grassy mound protects the home from prevailing wind and hides it from sight. The native and drought-tolerant grasses flow in the wind and simulate a contemporary version of the surrounding grass-covered hills. A mixture of pervious gravel and modular concrete situate use patterns, while the native mature Oak trees provide instant habitat.

The deer-fenced orchard and vegetable garden features raised planters, composting bins, and a pavilion, mostly constructed with locally sourced redwood.

Landscape Design: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape | Landscape Construction: Madrone Landscapes | Residence Architect: Studio 2G | Residence Contractor: Semmes & Co. Builders, Inc.

Water-Wise Floral

Water-Wise Floral

Water-Wise Floral | Atascadero, CA

Covered in wall-to-wall blooms, this Atascadero back yard is a true retreat for the flower gardener and proof that low-water landscapes can be showy and colorful. Nestled among a rainbow of colorful perennials, the space now features an inviting covered patio, artificial turf lawn and putting green, dry creek and more.

A goal of this project was to reduce water usage. Formerly a conventional lawn, now a drought-tolerant landscape with lots of color and interest, the palette includes red salvia and penstemon, purple seaside daisy and nepeta, yellow coreopsis and yarrow, white roses, and plenty of green grasses and foliage. Better yet, this lawn will always be green!

Landscape Design & Construction: Madrone Landscapes

California Native Oasis

California Native Oasis

California Native Oasis | Atascadero, CA

Situated on a corner near the entrance to a planned development in Atascadero, homeowners sought both privacy and a multi-use entertainment space planted with a low-maintenance, native palette. Live-ability was their primary focus, seeking sensible choices for a landscape that would function well for their family and lifestyle. The finished project was formed from a strong vision and a willingness to wait for the most ideal amenities to be developed, resulting in a balanced and precise personal oasis.

A mortarless retaining wall, wide sidewalk of permeable pavers, and low stucco wall shield an inviting yet private front patio from the street. A local boulder with a core-drilled center serves as a vanishing fountain flanked by two benches made from recycled cypress logs. Two of the seven varieties of manzanita on the property grace the porch: the Manzanita morroensis, native to Morro Bay, and the Dr. Hurd, a multi-branched tree with glossy light green leaves.

Past a south facing raised vegetable bed and fruit trees, a wide path winds through tall deer grass on its way to the backyard, pool, and patio. A curving, elevated bed of stacking stone along one side of the pool decking is wide enough to sit on, full of native plants and another vanishing fountain.

An outdoor poolside kitchen provides a focal point for the backyard. Rough-sawn, horizontal siding covers the existing fence and continues along the back of the structure as a sliding barn door to conceal pool equipment. Slender veldt grass, Carpenteria Bush Anemone, carex, and potted succulents hug the various stone surface treatments. The cypress bar is recycled from the same log as the front benches.

Landscape Design, Construction, and Maintenance: Madrone Landscapes

Southwestern Wine Country

Southwestern Wine Country

Southwestern Wine Country | San Miguel, CA

The owners of this San Miguel property desired a landscape to complement their hacienda-style residence, set in the vineyards of North County wine country. The large site created opportunities for multiple landscape areas, all connected by a winding pathway. A southwest-themed residence entry guides a visitor up the driveway a lush entrance. The food garden encompasses an orchard and raised beds surrounded by custom-designed fencing and an arched gateway. An entertaining area includes a pool deck and lawn, while a tree grove provides shady respite for hot summer days.

 

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes

Sea Bluff Vista

Sea Bluff Vista

Sea Bluff Vista | Shell Beach, CA

This mid-century modern residence sits ocean bluff-side, where the physical embodiment of crisp, salty air finds its way into the landscape. A landscape treatment of low-maintenance succulents, grasses, paths, and ground covers is placed deliberately to ease the transition between a modern interior and a coastal exterior. It also features a beautiful olive tree, and plants designed to silhouette against the garden walls.

Winner of the CLCA Beautification Award for Small Residential Landscape in 2011, this fascinating landscape makes the most of a tight situation.

 

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes