Garden in Umbria

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.

Recently added pages

Senses - Time
Design - Thorns
Challenges - Weeds
Design - Repeat Flowering Plants
Senses - Smell

  • Design

  • Challenges

  • Senses

  • Weather

  • Jobs to do now

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  • Plant of the Month

  • Local Information

  • About

  • Frequently Asked Questions

Many of these articles first appeared in the Castiglione del Lago monthly newsletter “Qua e là” edited by Priscilla Worsley

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