Themed Landscape Design Part 3: The Gardens of Spain and Italy

Part three of a series on themed landscape design explores Spanish gardens and design elements of Italian gardens. First off, let’s cover Spanish gardens.

Spanish Gardens and their Design

Plan a Spanish Garden | (928) 356-8167 image courtesy of Loizeitung
Plan a Spanish Garden | (928) 356-8167
image courtesy of Loizeitung

What is a Spanish garden from a landscape design perspective?  According to Wikipedia: “A traditional Spanish Garden is a style of garden or designed landscape developed in historic Spain, incorporating principles and elements of garden design from precedents in ancient Persian gardens, Roman gardens and Islamic gardens, and the great Moorish gardens of the Al-Andalus era on the Iberian Peninsula. In the 20th and 21st centuries a ‘Spanish Garden,’ or new gardens in Spain, have continued, interpreted, abstracted, or departed from these traditional planning and aesthetic motifs.Traditionally, the paradise garden is interpreted with a central cross axis, in the four cardinal directions, with long ponds or water channels (a rill or stylized qanat) where water reflects and flows, set in a walled courtyard. [READ MORE]

When you call in a landscape design professional to plan a Spanish garden, ultimately, you want to remember that with such a  garden, less is more.  Like a Zen garden, Spanish gardens are based on simplicity.  But what about one of the roots of such gardens?

Italian Gardens and Designing Tips

An Italian garden, also known as a  Roman garden is based upon a walled off central courtyard.  They are designed to be refuges from the outside world, and are meant to be peaceful and serene spots as a result.  You don’t want an Italian garden in a planned community as your HOA would almost certainly object.

When you are planning to make some changes to your landscape, think about what fits your home as well as your lifestyle.  An English country garden is beautiful, but it needs a LOT of water, the same with a rose garden.  Xeriscaping is beautiful in it’s own way, but it isn’t for everyone, particularly if they’re nostalgic for back home.  Ultimately, whatever you decide, the right landscape design company can help.

This concludes our three part series on themed landscape design.  Be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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