What Is Tuscan Landscaping?
Walking through a true Tuscan-themed landscape should feel like an adventure, where you never know what lies around the corner. Tuscan landscapes use design elements to build outdoor “rooms” within a garden space so that specific areas feel sectioned off from other components of the garden, almost like their own environments, per Landscaping Network. You may think you need a yard that’s on the bigger side to have more than one room in your garden, but this distinctive Tuscan element can absolutely be achieved within a smaller space.
One simple way to create a divided feel in your yard is to use hedges to build walls in your garden area — just be conscious about maintaining them, since overgrown shrubs can look sloppy and, therefore, the antithesis of Tuscan. A lower-maintenance alternative is to plant bands of trees as natural walls instead.
Not sure what should be considered a separate outdoor room? As mentioned above, your patio or social space can be a room unto itself. You can also take inspiration from Vogue’s profile of a professional Tuscan garden designer, Luciano Giubbilei, whose garden’s rooms include a vegetable patch, a courtyard, and a flower display. Additional ideas to consider are a dining area, relaxation space, water feature, or patio herb garden. The possibilities are wide when invoking beautiful Tuscany!