Nowadays, American homeowners want a little more than a white picket fence and a flower box under the window. Many people desire outdoor spaces featuring luxurious landscape fit for royalty where they can unwind and enjoy time with friends and family. To pin down the perfect design, homeowners often look to the wealthy and famous for unique ideas to upgrade their backyards from “blah” to “wow.” Check out some of America’s most extravagant estates for some landscaping inspiration.

The Beverly House®

The Beverly House in California
Photo: The Beverly House®

Perhaps one of the most iconic estates in America, The Beverly House offers a rich history of cultural significance as well as fanciful beauty. The home was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, architect of the Hoover Dam, and occupies the coveted heart of Beverly Hills, just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard. The backyard is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. An immaculately trimmed lawn forms the base, lined with lush hedges and stone statues. The center of the yard is the real eye-catcher, though. Two crystalline ponds and multiple water features run the length of the elongated yard, eventually pouring into a massive pool dotted with lounging chairs. The occupants of this historic home don’t need to worry about privacy in the big city, though. The entire property is surrounded by a forest of trees, offering seclusion and peace.

Hearst Castle

Funnily enough, one of the occupants of the Beverly House also constructed his own masterpiece in sunny California. Hearst Castle looks like it belongs in a fairy tale with its vast gardens and grand towers. Built on more than 123 acres, William Randolph Hearst enlisted the help of architect Julia Morgan to create his dream escape. The outdoor oasis of this enchanting mansion is every bit as luxurious as the interior with gardens, pools, water features and paths.

Perfectly trimmed hedges and beautiful sculptures line the stone walkways that make up much of the gardens at Hearst Castle, but they aren’t even the most striking feature. In these gardens, something’s always in bloom. Bougainvillea, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, hyacinth, jasmine, roses, poppies and more flood the gardens with color and fragrance, making a walk among the foliage something a little more magical.

Villa Mille Rose

Villa Mille Rose in Napa Valley, CA
Photo: Sotheby’s International Realty

You don’t have to fly halfway around the world to step into a Tuscan villa constructed with authentic Italian style. Villa Mille Rose is a Napa Valley estate famous for its olive oil and balsamic vinegar production. The property boasts 60 acres of lush California landscape, dotted with gardens, water features and orchards. The backyard stone pathways are accented by hedges, topiaries and flowering rose bushes – 500 in all – while a private pond and an elegant stone bridge add an extra element of elegance and luxury. Cypress trees, wisteria-covered pergolas, 100-year-old olive trees and 37 acres of grape vines also make an appearance in the villa’s vast yard.

Create Your Ideal Backyard with River City Landscaping

Even if you don’t have millions to spend on expansive estates and private vineyards, you can still apply your stately tastes to your own backyard. Whether you want gorgeous rose bushes, majestic trees, stone pathways or even a water feature of your own, you, too, deserve to enjoy your dream backyard.

If you’re looking for assistance with transforming your Baton Rouge home’s outdoor spaces into a beautifully posh landscape, you can trust the landscaping professionals at River City Landscaping to help design your dream yard. From flower beds to fountains, we do it all with professionalism and speed so you can start enjoying your new yard as soon as possible. Ready to make a change for the better? Contact us online or call 225-364-2024 today to learn more!