There is a diverse array of styles that landscapes may take inspiration from and one of Splendid's favorites is that of the majestic and stately gardens of Italy. Italian gardens are characterized by their formal design and manicured appearance.
The aristocrats of Italy displayed their wealth with stunning villas and majestic gardens to match. These gardens were split up into ‘rooms’ that mirrored those within their villas, a sort of maze of rooms meant to be used and enjoyed.
The spaces are filled with seasonal blooms and boxwood shrubs pruned and placed artistically to emphasis symmetry. These garden rooms also contained pergolas, mosaics, fountains, and ornate pots.
Citrus trees are relatively easy to grow in Texas, the only challenge with them lies in trying to keep them warm enough in the winter so they don’t die with the freeze. Most citrus trees can withstand temperatures as low as 28º F. A planting location near a building which would provide some insulation, or a little extra care on those few frigid days that we experience here in north Texas, is typically all you need to help these colorful and bountiful trees thriving.
Pergolas and Arbors
One could not think of an Italian garden without thinking of these leafy awnings. They are beautiful for framing outdoor spaces, over a patio, a seating area, or maybe a bench hideaway and create semi-shaded areas to cool off and relax in during our hot Texas summers. We've worked with several hardscape providers in the Dallas area and would be happy to provide you with referrals.
Containers and Stonework
Terracotta containers with all manner of flowering plants or small trees are a distinct trait of an Italian garden and an easy edition to your landscape. Containers are not the only hardscaping element common in Italian gardens, sculptures, mosaics, and other stone works are also key aspects that can really punch up the interest level in your own landscape.
Much like the gardens of renaissance France, Italian gardens also strives for symmetry. Italian gardens favor geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, or triangles and we've incorporated many of these same elements into some of our Park Cities homes.
Water is an essential element within Italian gardens because of both its sound and its cooling effect. It can be found in many forms such as fountains or pools. Did you know that we install container fountains as pictured below? We can select a beautiful container to accent your home's architecture or add a pop of texture or color in an existing flower bed.
Do you have an idea, or pictures, of an admired garden that you visited on a trip? Contact us today to bring a little of your travels into your home's landscape design.
Splendid Gardens provides professional landscape services to Dallas and surrounding cities in North Texas. We take great pride in delivering customized services to each client and love it when clients want to incorporate elements seen in their faraway travels. Our experienced teams provide a variety of services including landscape design, installation, scheduled maintenance services, custom flagstone and redesign of existing landscapes. We actively give back to the community by volunteering our services to local projects in need.