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Advice on Designing an Italian Garden Room
finally deciding on a structural layout for your garden consider the
idea of dividing up your green space into a series of 'Garden
Even the smallest of green spaces can de divided into smaller sections, which instantly create interest and provide the illusion that the space is actually larger than it really is! Large green spaces allow the garden designer to create intriguing surprises by dividing the green space into many garden rooms, each with differing styles and themes. For example one can be lead on a meandering voyage of discovery through elegant formal gardens, formal vegetable gardens, quiet seating areas, wooded walks, peaceful courtyards to, maybe, an orchard or olive grove with wild flowers growing between them with meandering mown paths that leadâ€¦ somewhereâ€¦ else!
These garden rooms can be created using hedges, walls and fences, or they can be divided more simply by using trees and evergreen shrubs or even just by means of mown lawn areas inside a wild flower meadow. Some areas within a garden receive more sun than others and some areas can be boggy and so forth. A garden room can be styled around the personality and 'feel' of any particular area and should highlight and compliment the identity of that space, i.e. a small, shaded wood can be come a room for bulbs, ferns and other woodland plants. Whereas a south-facing rocky slope could become a Mediterranean area, planted with sun-loving plants such as Agave or Opuntia and various succulents or Mediterranean shrubs, which will clearly provide an exotic, arid feel.
Understanding the identity of any green space is fundamental when designing gardens, however this fact is often grossly overlooked, resulting in shade/moisture loving plants being planted in hot, dry and sunny areas- How can balance and harmony be achieved in the garden when such simple rules are not followed?