Advice on Designing an Italian Garden Room



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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 lead… somewhere…


The art of garden design is

to use natural materials, together with natural physics to create

natural beauty and interest within any kind of green space. By using

our knowledge of natural physics and mathematics we can really achieve

some amazing visual effects in our green spaces, like making spaces

appear larger or smaller with the correct use of scale or paths to appear

longer or shorter by using reds at the beginning and lavender blues

at end, and vice-versa! Dividing any green space into separate

garden rooms will automatically

create intrigue, interest

and allows one to address and express any horticultural whim from gravel

gardens to water gardens and from woodland glade to flowery mead, and

all in one large green space! One can create many interesting gardens

in one, but maintain a unifying theme throughout the design.

Italian Garden Room with Columns

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.


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


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