The gardens throughout Tuscany have been recognized for centuries for their impressive design. From the Medici gardens to small villas within the rolling Tuscan hills, the landscapes tell the story of their past. These gardens have inspired us for centuries, starting with the renaissance gardens that have transformed into their own identity throughout the Tuscan region of Italy.
Elements within Tuscan gardens:
The region not only in its past, but to this day is inhabited by people connected to the land through farming. Tuscan gardens are often surrounded or at least have a view of a vineyard or olive trees. If your climate allows, Incorporate citrus and potted herbs throughout your design. The simple garden design is not over done but stands alone to speak volumes.
Common areas within a Tuscan garden:
Tuscan gardens tend to be formal near the residence and as they extend into the landscape become more informal. The landscaping around the home requires much more maintenance than the olive orchard, or wildflower pasture in the distance. Don’t think that everything in your Tuscan garden has to look perfectly maintained, let the plants grow in their natural habit which will give your garden more of a natural characteristic.
One of the most respected values of a Tuscan garden is that they are sustainable. It is very rare to see a large lawn area and other plants that require an immense amount of water to keep alive. Consider your location and this will determine many elements within your garden, such as the plant palette. Tuscan gardens often use natives and plants that are suited to their climate. This means that plants thrive in the area with little water and maintenance, because plants are encouraged to grow in their natural growth habit, this reduces maintenance. Saving water and oil from the maintenance equipment, these gardens are not only breathtaking; they’re sustainable.
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