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A Tuscan Landscape Design: Create your own Tuscany
What about a Tuscan landscape design do so many people love? Could it perhaps be the twisted olives, or the meadows filled with beautiful wild flowers, azure skies and fine covered pergolas dangling with sweet delicious grapes? This may be an influence on them, but, the bottom line is… Tuscany is charming!

Bring a your little bit of Italy home in your Tuscan landscape design. Create that Tuscan mood in your home and garden. Paint your house in those earthy tones. Dry, earthy shades of ochre, dusky pink and muted gold blend in well with the rustic farmhouse types. Tuscan furniture is generally café styled.

Tuscan Landscape Design All the essential design principles for all gardens, including Tuscan gardens, are contained in our garden design page. Combine all those principles together with the information given on this page and create a stunning Italian garden design.

The Hard Landscaping

Don’t forget a fountain. A fountain is one of loveliest characteristics of a Tuscan landscape design. An Italian styled fountain should be one of the main focal points in your garden design.

All the tiles chosen need to link and match the containers. Terracotta tiles go down well with Tuscan gardens. Otherwise rustic type tiles will also do. Place color blended gravel in between all the tiles; alternatively make use of a ground cover. Plant your ground cover in soil which is rich in organic compost.

Incorporating the human element is essential in the garden design. A bench should to be placed under a tree. Choose the benches color well to ensure it links and matches with the terracotta containers and tiles.

If you have an area that is very small e.g. a patio with a wall, an illusion of space could be created by painting on the wall. You could paint a scene which has vines or tiles with overflowing containers on it. A large mirror could also do the trick and make that Italian garden design appear so much larger.


Terracotta containers are essential part of any Tuscan landscape design. Your containers should all match and must be planted up correctly. See our container gardening page for additional information.

Tuscan Fountain It is also effective to line a pathway to the front door with containers. They may be planted up with conifers, citrus trees, olives, bottlebrush, strawberry tree (Arbutis unedo), bush cherry (Syzygium paniculatum), Melaleuca bracteata “Revolution Gold”, carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), or Yellow wood (Podocarpus henkellii).

Containers may also be planted on a patio with vines. Another interesting variation is to sink them halfway into the ground. Plant your containers up with brightly colored perennials and bulbs such as: - bearded iris, agapanthus, gazinia or day lilies.

If you prefer using bulbs; plant bulbs such as tulips, ranunculus, daffodils or freesias. You may also want to plant brightly colored annuals around the container on the ground. Make use of plants like red poppies (Papaver rhoeas), pansies, marigolds, salvias, petunias, verbena, zinnias, etc.

Containers should be carefully grouped together and placed in positions always keeping their watering requirements in mind. Knot gardens and topiaries can also form part of a formal garden. Make use of large identical terracotta containers when you create a formal Tuscan garden.

Small Tuscan Landscape Design

Take a look at the full grown size of your plants when doing your Tuscan garden design. Everything must be to the correct scale. Choose smaller plants when making a small garden and visa versa.

In small gardens lawn could be replaced using gravel. Plants will appear through the gravel. When doing your design keep in mind that the most common Tuscan landscape design is informal. It is based on using colorful plants.

A Tuscan garden will have a country look about it. Terracotta pots and urns should also form part of the design. You might even find a terracotta pot broken in half with a few annuals growing inside of it.

Plant Selection for Tascany Garden Design

In Tuscany they do experience relatively mild winters and very hot summers. Mediterranean plants are used in your Tuscan garden design.

It is also important to incorporate border plants in the design. Choose your plants very carefully. Remember all the goals and principles of design. With Tuscan landscape design using bright colors is important. Group your colors together, blend and harmonise them.

Make use of contrasting foliage. Greys dark greens and yellow foliage will all blend well together. “Less is often more”. Choose about 4 species and repeat the pattern when planting.


Every garden should contain some shrubs. Place the shrubs in the back of the borders. Small shrubs for a Tuscan landscape design may include; rosemary, lavendula, stoechas, santolina, roses, bottlebrush, Felicia daisy and pelargoniums.

If you have a larger garden large shrubs could be included for example; bird of paradise (Caesalpinea gilliesii), Pride-of-India (Lagerstroemia indica), bay bottlebrush, raphiolepis, viburnum, and Westringia rosmarifolia.


Tuscan landscapes normally include some evergreen trees. Consider using; olives, citrus trees, strawberry tree (Arbutis unedo), bush cherry (Syzygium paniculatum), carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), and Yellow wood (Podocarpus henkellii).

Suitable deciduous trees include the following; silk floss tree (Albizia julibrissin), Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum), and the Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana). Only plant deciduous trees in front of your window. A deciduous tree is one that will loose its leaves in the winter, thus allowing the winter sun to still filter through.

Climbers and ground covers

If you need some climbersin the design , consider using some climbing roses, sky flower, star jasmin, wisteria, bougenvillea or Mexican blood trumpet. Some ground covers will include the wonder lawn (Dichondra micrantha) or creeping Jenny (Lysamachia nummularia “Auria”).

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