Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy
For nearly twenty years I have been learning, by trial and error, how to garden in the unique conditions we find here. I would now like to share what I have discovered about creating a garden that is in harmony with the surrounding landscape and the natural environment, a ‘water wise’ garden that needs no irrigation but provides colour and interest all year round. But most of all, a garden that brings pleasure and sanctuary: true spirit of place.
Follow the links below to read about the garden design principles I have found to work for me; the challenges that we face gardening in Umbria; how we appreciate our gardens through the senses; and some advice on what and how to do jobs in the garden. I have also put together a collection of plants for every month of the year and some information on local events and suppliers.
Many of these articles first appeared in the Castiglione del Lago monthly newsletter “Qua e là” edited by Priscilla Worsley
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All text and photographs © Yvonne Barton unless stated otherwise