Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens: How to Make a Home-Based Venice Garden
MONTY DON’S new television series premieres tonight with an exploration of Venice’s gardens.
Here are some tips from a professional gardener on how to create your own Italian-inspired garden at home.
Monty Don, the frontman of Gardeners World, will host a new series on BBC2 tonight at 8pm, which will follow the gardener as he travels down the Adriatic Coast.
Monty will marvel at hidden gardens behind the floating city’s palazzos in the first episode of the series, which begins in Venice.
Here are some simple ideas for creating an Italian-inspired outdoor space if you’re inspired to add a touch of old Venetian charm to your garden.
Grand Renaissance landscaping, such as the Roman Villa Borghese or Villa D’Este in Lake Como, inspired some of Europe’s most well-known gardens.
Don’t let the lack of a Mediterranean climate fool you into thinking you can’t grow an Italian garden in the UK.
Carol Adams, the head of biodiversity and horticulture at the 725-acre Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, has decades of gardening experience.
Carol shows you how to make your own Italian haven at home and enjoy la dolce vita, including how to make the perfect space to crack open a bottle of Prosecco in the summer.
“Unity, which is the repetition of materials and shapes, is very important in Italian design,” Carol said. “The simplicity makes the design bolder and more calming.”
“Through the use of natural materials such as evergreens, water, and stone, the beauty of controlled nature is celebrated.”
“The space is designed with extremely strong symmetry, which can be mirrored with just one line of symmetry running down the center or more complex where it folds on itself in 90 and 180 degree angles.”
It takes some planning to create clean geometric lines in your garden, but it’s not impossible – regardless of the shape or size of the space you’re working with.
Clean lines can be achieved with rectangular planters, sharp borders, or small hedges.
“We can borrow the idea of using evergreens as low hedges to borders or to create topiary notes combined with coloured gravels to create a rain permeable low maintenance garden to create the feel in the UK,” Carol explained.
“We use Buxus sempervirens (Box) and Euonymus japonicus ‘Green’ at Trentham.
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