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.

Templeton Estate

Templeton Estate

Templeton Estate | Templeton, CA

This setting offers beauty from every angle. Driving up to the residence, visitors are greeted with a series of dg paths and a grand display of native and Mediterranean plants. Some of the selections, like New Zealand Flax and Cape Rush, offer year-round interest, while the seasonal bloomers such as yarrow, create a profusion of color during their bloom period.

Walking around to the other side of the house, the backyard reveals its vast expanse. On one end, a natural stone firepit and seating area await the perfect winter night. Above that sits a series of steps leading to a gazebo that overlooks the vineyards. Across the way, a large wooden pergola shades the patio – offering relief from the hot summer sun. Nearby, surrounded by California native plants, sits a bubbling boulder fountain. All the elements together create a landscape perfectly suited for every season.

 

Design, Install, and Maintenance: Madrone Landscapes

Le Cuvier

Le Cuvier

Le Cuvier

This incredible boutique tasting room, perched on a hilltop with breath-taking views of Paso Robles, features a permeable-paver patio (for the Oak’s sake!), dry-stack seat walls and a plant palette both low-maintenance and perfectly complementary to this outstanding hidden gem of a winery.

Myracle Residence

Myracle Residence

Myracle

Risen from the ashes, this home, and its surroundings were once only ruins from a devastating fire.  After the fire, a true rebirth occurred with the rebuilding of the house and gardens.  The purpose of this garden is simple:  Sit, talk, relax and renew the body and spirit.  Bold drifts of color and texture define the bulk of the garden, creating islands of Olive-shaded patios for meals, parties, or for just a private sunset meditation.  This landscape is reminiscent of an impressionist painting and its broad strokes are free-flowing, soft and peaceful.  (Winner of Best Xeriscape 2011, SLO County Chapter CLCA Awards).

 

Design: Christy O’Hara, Madrone Landscapes. Install: Madrone Landscapes.

Weeks Residence

Weeks Residence

Weeks Residence | Paso Robles, CA

This garden creates the perfect place to enjoy the bounties of Paso‘s wine-growing region. Whether it is a pizza party with the wood fire pizza oven, an intimate gathering by the unique fireplace and pond, or a day of tending the garden and home vineyard, life is good here.

Somewhere between formal and natural, the garden flows seamlessly to provide entertainment options for day and night, with an emphasis on good food, good wine, and good friends.

 

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes