Whatever your garden’s style is, they wouldn’t be complete without plants. Your greenery helps define the overall structure of your garden. Various plant and flower species create calmness, relaxation, and aesthetics for your home and wellness. Plus, they also may be sources of organic and healthy food.
Ready to mix vegetables and ornamental plants in your garden? Recreate the warm, charming, and spacious Italian-like courtyard by introducing these eight plants into your outdoor space.
With gazebos or pergolas being integral elements to most Italian gardens, climbing roses and other vine plants add a beautiful weathered effect to their pillars and roofs. Modern developments such as Urban Deca Homes may place these crawling greenery to their gazebo areas to create a stylish mix of urbanism and the elegance of traditional Italian designs. Place vine plants or climbing roses on your lounge area’s pillars to create a weathered look. Add these to your courtyard walls to mimic the classic look of aged-like-fine-wine Italian gardens.
Citrus trees such as lemons, oranges, and clementines are perfect for recreating the Italian-Mediterranean atmosphere in your garden. Plus, they also give you organic fruits for juices and other dishes. Citrus trees also add shade to your lounge or pergola area, making it more comfortable during warmer and more humid seasons.
These tall, slender evergreen trees are perhaps a staple in most Italian gardens. When they are pruned, they create beautiful crisp rows that outline your garden’s pathway and sides. Position your Italian cypress on the sides of your garden gate. Doing so will give you a refreshing line of trees welcoming you into your quiet and refreshing garden. You may place them in symmetrical pots to give them structure as they may bend due to their height.
While Italian gardens are known for various greens, add pops of color and bloom through pelargoniums. These bright red flowers grow all year long and are perfect accents for your verdant displays. Pelargoniums are also low-maintenance and can survive colder seasons when maintained well.
Italian gardens aren’t just for aesthetic reasons. Some owners plant herbs and vegetables to have an organic source of food. Besides being Italian, basil is also perfect for adding more flavor to your favorite pasta and stew dishes.
Rosemary is another staple herb of many Italian gardens. Their tiny leaves make them look like mini evergreen trees, which are decorative for your yard. Growing rosemary also allows you to have flavorful herbs for your pasta, soups, stews, baked dishes, and infused water.
Planting lettuce in your garden also allows you to have a ready source of fresh, crisp veggies for your salad. Add olive oil to your salad and enjoy the Tuscan-like environment of your garden.
Tomatoes are a vital part of Italian cuisine. Having plum tomatoes in your garden allows you to make home-made delicious tomato sauces for pizza, pasta, and other savory dishes. Planting tomatoes and the other herbs and vegetables is an economical way to have organic food sources available in times like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Introducing these eight plants adds an Italian-Mediterranean flair to your garden or porch. Not only will you have a garden that makes you feel like you are in the romantic sunny terrains of Italy, but you will also have beautiful and edible plants that adorn your garden and give you visual aesthetics.