What makes an Italian garden?

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of an Italian garden, other than red wine and bruschetta, are cypress trees and fountains.

Cypress threes are very popular in California and add a taste of Italy to any property.  Cypress trees are also great for a green fence, defining the property line and giving the homeowners privacy.  They can be shaped into a found or square form, of left with its natural shape.

Like any garden, an Italian garden can be designed to look Formal and Informal.

Formal gardens tend to have a symmetrical layout, groomed bushes, statues and columns.

An informal garden has a casual look, with naturally growing plants (although intentionally planted), fruit trees, herbs, a small water feature or birds bath, grape vines around the pergola.

Many properties do both gardens, one for formal entertainment with elegant trees,  manicured bushes and blooming flowers.  And one with a casual setting, wooden chairs, wildly growing lemon trees and lavender, where you can have a glass of sangria while listening to how your children’s day at school went.

Another Italian feature that can transform your property to a Roman garden, is a pergola.  To make it look Italian, add columns or for a more cost-effective option, plant grapevines at the bottom of each post.  Help the grape vine with a garden wire so that it can grow up and cover the top of the pergola.  It will give you shade, an outdoor room and fruits!


What you would usually find growing in an Italian garden are an olive tree, lemon tree, lavender, basil and other herbs.

Now that you have a good idea about the elements that make up an Italian-theme garden, it’s time to put them into practice.  Summon the Roman Gods, get your gardening gloves on and plant some lemon trees!

Let me know how it goes, what you discover in the process and how it turns out.  If you have some advice you can share, please comment below.

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