Mediterranean Residence

Mediterranean Residence

Mediterranean Residence | Paso Robles, CA

This Mediterranean residence makes outdoor living more comfortable. A soft plant palette frames the incredible views of the property, and the architectural succulents, grasses, and other low-growing plants maintain the sustainable, low-water-use design.

Some of the plants include: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Century Agave (Agave Americana), Variegated Century Agave (Agave americana ‘Variegata’), Whale’s Tongue Agave (Agave ovatifolia), Sunset Rockrose (Cistus ‘Sunset’), California Rush (Juncus patens), and Catmint (Nepeta x fassennii ‘Walker’s Low’).

Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes

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.

Pataye Residence

Pataye Residence

Pataye Custom Private Residence | Cayucos, CA

The Pataye home is designed in a contemporary style by Jade Architecture, set in a beautiful mixed evergreen forest along the northern central coast. The home was built off-grid by Semmes and Co. Builders and features rammed earth.

Madrone’s landscape design needed to seamlessly bridge the substantial transition between the unique contemporary architecture to the surrounding mixed evergreen forest, maximizing usable outdoor space and minimizing maintenance and all energy inputs.

The project was sited in an area where minimal tree removal or mitigation was necessary. Madrone’s design used native drought-tolerant plants in a modern styling. The simple, low-maintenance plant palette utilizes foliage color and texture to create a dramatic effect alongside the modern home.

Outdoor living spaces were maximized through a custom water wall, stepping stones and pavers, and a lawn area created from a native turf substitute.

Residence Architect: Jade Architecture | Landscape Design and Construction: Madrone Landscapes 
Award: 2020 Green Landscape Honor Award, Central Coast Green Building Chapter

Tolosa Winery

Tolosa Winery

Tolosa Winery | San Luis Obispo, CA

Tolosa’s tasting room sits nestled within the vines of Edna Valley. Walking up to the tasting room door, visitors are greeted with playful grasses dancing in the ever-present breeze. Once led to the back patio, there are multiple seating nooks to choose from based on group size. The main area is very open, with flagstone paths leading to different seating options. Umbrellas offer the most shade in these areas, with minimal plantings to accentuate the hardscape. Following the path toward the grove of olive trees, smaller, more intimate spaces come into view. The field-grown olive trees offer more dense shade and privacy to these nooks, with grasses and path lights leading the way through the space. Finally, the area opens back up to showcase an incredible, metal kinetic sculpture that moves gently with the breeze. At the base of the sculpture, brightly-colored sage and kangaroo paw plants complete the dynamic centerpiece.

Landscape Design: Christy O’Hara and MW Architect |  Landscape Construction: Madrone Landscapes and JW Design

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