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Garden Design: Sun-Shade Terrace

I’m so exited to share my first Garden Design!, as I explain on my profile, every project and its information is going to be public, so everybody can learn and get ideas for their own garden, terrace or indoor salon.

So, today’s design is about a particular “L” Shaped Terrace,¬†I was asked to design for this terrace a relaxing “tea time” area, a sunbathing area during the summer and a space for aromatic plants; Another tip is that the owners love maples and so do I (+1 for them ūüôā ).

General Information

The terrace is placed in the 4th and last floor, pointing to North,¬†it means that each side of the garden is going to have sunlight for at least a couple of hours. It turns convenient because “all” the different areas of the¬†terrace can be use depending on the needs (nobody wants some unused and forgotten areas and we are here to help!)

The idea for this project is to “divide” the terrace in two seating areas, the first one is going to be the relaxing “tea area”, with some shades and soft lights in the afternoon, while the “sunbathing area”, will have sunny afternoons.

 

Plant selection:

Different zones

A. Tea area
B. Maples angle
C. Orchard / Sunbathe

  1. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
  2. Iris ‘Wedgwood’
  3. White Hortensias in tall containers (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  4. White Hortensias in tall containers (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  5. Hosta ‘Halcyon’
  6. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’
  7. Coral bell (Heuchera x ‘Midnight Bayou’
  8. Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
  9. Festuca glauca
  10. Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’
  11. Aromatic herbs

 

THE NEW GARDEN HAS: 

Tea-time area

The tea area (on the right), was designed as a seating area, with an outdoor sofa in dark wood with cream cushions and a tea table in the same material.

  • On each side of the sofa, tall vases or containers carry white hortensias or Hydrangea macrophylla¬†which, we love and will give the “big garden” effect to the terrace.
  • On the right side of the couch, Trachelospermum jasminoides or star jasmine, gives privacy to the owners and in the same containers, a line of Iris¬†bulbs like Iris ‘Wedgwood’ for a touch of color and different shapes during blooming time; it has purple blue flowers with a yellow mark on the center, it grows up to 65cm tall and blooms between late spring and early summer.

Maple’s angle

As the owners love maples, I decided to design an angle that contrast the tea area with colors and also shapes, this angle¬†needed to be as important as every part of the terrace, it could be a new sitting area in the future, that’s one of the reasons the plants are in separated containers (the other reason is the weigh a big and continuous container can generate on the floor).

So:

  • The same line of containers in clear colors, carry red and acid green maples.¬†Those are filled with small ivy Hedera helix¬†that gives a falling effect and different shapes to the garden.
  • Winter bulbs like Galanthus elwesii or snowdrops will make the difference in cold seasons, mixed in the same container with the ivy.
  • Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’¬†is a 6m tall maple with yellow-green leaves and red coral brunches visible during the winter. This maple is in constant color change during the year, even in winter, when the leaves fall, the red brunches will give another shade to the garden.
  • Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’¬†is a 5m tall maple, with dark red leaves that change into vibrant red in autumn.
  • Small but strong plants surround the A. p. ‘Sango-kaku’¬†like: Hosta¬†‘Halcyon’¬†a half-sun to full shade compact shrub, tall 35-40cm and 70cm wide. It has blue-grey heart-shaped leaves and grey-lavender bell-shaped flowers carried on stems, tall 40cm.
  • Another great shrub is the Heuchera x ‘Midnight Bayou’ a dramatic coral-bell with red foliage, perfect for growing in containers and beautiful in contrast of green foliage plants. It grows well in partial sun, it is 30cm tall and 50cm wide, in summer it forms stems with white little flowers.
  • Next to the A. p. ‘Bloodgood’ goes the Festuca glauca¬†or blue fescue, an evergreen grass, tall 30cm and blue-gray foliage of erect tufts, it highlights under the red maple foliage.

Sunbathing in an orchard

Some aromatics will help the owners relax while sunbathing, a free space and seating area that’s not visible from the tea area, thanks to the shape of the terrace and the plant selection.

  • The aromatics selection is always easy and hard at the same time, because all of them are beautiful and tasty. Perennial shrubs like rosemary, chives and sage will work just fine to look at and to cook. Other herbs like basil and parsley are placed in separate containers so the owners can rotate and change them in winter.
  • In separate containers I proposed annual plants, like Pelargoniums, better known as geranium,¬†and change it if they want every year.
  • Also in separate containers, I propose perennials like the evergreen Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ better known as elephant’s ears; It has rounded deep green leaves that turn into purple in winter, it’s¬†60cm tall and it’s perfect to help the garden looking alive in winter.

  1. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
  2. Hortensias in tall containers (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  3. Hosta ‘Halcyon’
  4. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’
  5. Coral bell (Heuchera x ‘Midnight Bayou’
  6. Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
  7. Festuca glauca
  8. Aromatic herbs
  9. Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

There it is!
It’s all about colors during the different seasons, contrasts between colors and shapes is all it takes to start a good project, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!.

 

Italy’s Beautiful Gardens: Villa del Balbianello

We are in beautiful Italy, it’s summer, it’s sunny and there’re big quantities of gelato.

Last sunday I decided to visit Villa del Balbianello¬†in Lake Como (North Italy), somehow I always thought about this kind of places to be full of tourist and I rather go first to the “local” places, but, obviously, there’s a reason why they are so famous, and¬†I’m glad I finally did it (after a long time, may I add).

Villa del Balbianello is part of the Italian National Trust (Fondo Ambiente Italiano РFAI) which owns a list of awesome historic buildings and gardens. Villa del Balbianello had existed since the 13th century and its firsts residents were Franciscan Monks. In 1785, the Villa was purchased and the changes in the building and gardens started along with new owners until 1988, when its last owner died.

It’s last owner was Guido Monzino, a¬†renowned Milanese businessman, art collector and a passionate traveler who left the Villa, the Gardens, the furnishing to the Italian National Trust; He also donated a¬†dowry which still helps to cover the Villa and Gardens maintenance.
Since then, they have renovated the Villa and partly turned it into a private Museum with Monzino’s art collection, memorabilia from his famous expeditions to the North Pole and the Everest (between 1971 and 1973) and obviously, the Gardens.

 

The Gardens

This time I only entered the Gardens, the thing I love the most and what I wanted to show you.

The gardens frame the Villa, they’re developed in different floors and paths, as they follow the rocky mountain shape. From the beginning the big shaped Platanus acerifolia stand out, a nice Magnolia and alternating Hydrangeas follow the paths. Then, as you keep walking, the Lake takes control of the view, it just blends with the gardens like a perfect painting.

The most interesting thing about this garden is that, because of the rugged terrain, they couldn’t design a formal “Italian garden” nor a romantic “English garden”, so, they had to work and create paths around the Villa and make an unique space that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the lake from different angles. You really get to discover different scenarios just by descending the paths.

They made a pact, between the formality of the design and the “informality” of the nature when they design the Gardens.

Numerous statues guard the surroundings of the Villa and get to watch the Lake through every season.

 

Plant Selection

  • Wisteria sinensis: full with color in late spring and early summer
  • Hedera helix: covering some walls facing the lake
  • Agapanthus: that welcome you if you arrive by boat
  • Buxus sempervirens: elegant and a formal icon from antique gardens

You can use some of this plants to make your garden a “Royal Garden“, it’s always worth to invest in some strong and long lasting plants, you’ll get your reward, trust me.

Also, you probably recognize the name of this Villa because its appearances on Hollywood films since 1990, like:

  • A month by the Lake (John Irvin – 1995)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones ( I said “probably”. By George Lucas in 2002)
  • Casino Royale (Martin Campbell – 2006)

Quick tip: if you don’t like crowded places, like I do, just try to go early in the morning, there’s basically no line, your photos will be better and the lights are really favorable in the morning, plus, if you want a summer selfie, your face won’t be all shiny and sweatty ūüôā
Also, I took the bus to get to the Villa; It’s about 45min from the Lake Como’s bus station and the price was around 6$ round trip. Lenno is the name of the village and the bus stop.

 

Marrakesh discoveries: Majorelle Garden

This time, I’m trying to give my blog a new and fresh direction, so today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite trips I took this year. The destination: Morocco.

Last spring we (my partner and I) decided to go for the first time to Africa, this sunny and kind continent that we knew nothing about, its people, its food, nothing, so we booked a flight to the nearest and convenient place for both of us. I mean, I wanted to see some gardens, my BF wanted to do some surfing and both of us needed to eat some good stuff.

So, we arrived into chaotic Marrakesh, where we were welcome with some mint tea and amazing cookies (already in love with the city).
I dedicated myself to find some good green spots (very difficult, specially the “green” part)¬†to visit while relaxing at the Riad near to the city center, although, the riad had some vines, cactus and rose smell that make you feel in a natural place from the moment you arrive.

Our first visit was to the Majorelle Garden and it was so worth it! here’s why:

Majorelle Garden is a Villa were a Botanical Garden take place along with an Archaeological Museum. It took us about an hour to visit the gardens but you can bring a book and relax siting by the shade of their palm trees and bamboo selections.

A public open space diverse from others in Marrakesh, with nice refreshing and shade areas designed by the French painter Jaques Majorelle, passionated about botanics and gardening, who put heart and soul to the gardens and it shows.
Jaques Majorelle bought the villa in 1923 and  also, a rare variety of trees and plants for over 40 years, creating this unique and relaxing space.

There are plants from the five continents like:

– Cactus,
– Palm trees,
– Agaves,
– Bamboo,
– Coconut palms,
– Thuyas,
– Willows,
– Bouganvilleas,
– Tree ferns, among others.

This was the first time I saw a plant selection like this in the harmony of a real open garden, it was different, eye-catching, beautiful and surprisingly fresh.

My favorite plants, beside the bamboo areas and tree ferns were:

  • Echinocactus grusonii: known as golden barrel cactus or mother-in-law cushion (pretty funny), is a spherical shaped cacatus, endemic from east-central Mexico. It can reach 1m tall with sharp spines from yellow to white colors. It looks great in rock gardens, it obviously needs its space and it blossoms after 20 years old, so, if you like it, buy it for the beautiful shape.
  • Pilosocereus azureus: columnar cactaceae with beautiful blue stems, hairy areoles and golden spines. It’s very interesting for indoor spaces because of its slow growth, blue color and big flowers that cover the stems during the summer.
  • Carnegia gigantea: known as Saguaro, you probably relate it to western films (I do), it is a tree-like cactus with white flowers from april to june and it goes from 12m to 21m tall. Very flashy.

Quick tip: go early, that way you can take good photos and relax if you want to ūüôā

About “Fresh Lemonade Gardens” and some Green Love

When I think about Gardens, I immediately think of¬†some open space, full of plants (it’s summer, obviously), maybe some white Hydrangeas, private area, seating in front of a cute tea table and a cold, super refreshing glass of Lemonade in my hand. That’s it, talking about gardens always takes me to that place, that green and refreshing place where I drink Fresh Lemonade all day (apparently).

So, Fresh Lemonade Gardens represents a window for those green lovers, like me, who want to feel good and comfortable in their own gardens and green (indoor) rooms; in other words: having a nice space to relax with plants around. 

This is also a place designed for those who want to learn how to take care of their plants, take the first step or several more in their gardens and orchards, place an important tree in their yards, or, simply want to come back from their vacations and find their plants ALIVE!!!

We can help you solve different problems for different environments and styles, with:

  • Tips and ideas on social networks (like Instagram) to show you how to organize your space and how it can look when finished.
  • Plants’ information like: care, exposure, watering, blossom time, etc.
  • Personalized design for your own space: each month, we will publish images about possible green and fresh solutions for yours or others home, real examples of real homes.
  • Short “one-on-one” sessions (30min max.) via Skype, where we’ll talk about your project. In each session we will dedicate time to facilitate yours and your plants life.

In other words: We’ll propose a personalized solution for your space, and, we’ll help you take care of it with examples, images, information and/or skype calls. Easy right? You just have to send us the photos and a sketch of the area you want to upgrade.

Each proposed solution will be public, this way, everyone can have access to the information and use it as an example to create their own environments. We will try to get everyone to learn how to organize their own space with real examples.

We would love to help you design your garden, terrace or balcony, living room ¬†or kitchen, lounge, workspace… you name it! We have got your back and your plants’.

 

Published Articles

This is a list of articles I’ve written for the online magazine:¬†LAN, one of the most visited websites about Landscape Architecture.

I’ve been writing for LAN for almost two years and it helps me stay focused on this beautiful carrier that I love. I studied Architecture in Venezuela and Landscaping in Italy, after that I became more conscious about sustainability and urban needs these days.

Here I leave some of my articles and I’ll continue adding once they are published, hope you enjoy them!

Simplicity of Culture

It’s been a while that I wanted to write about Japanese Architecture, but it‚Äôs not an easy topic, behind the designs of the city and the contemporaneous architecture, there’s a lot of history and culture. This is a short introduction of my vision about this simple but amazing living style and architecture.

The most impressive thing (for me) about Japanese Architecture is the simplicity, the clean lines¬†of every structure, the minimalism and their everyday living that shows in the architecture perfectly, it seems they really live the architecture, they feel it; Nowadays, we don’t get to “feel” the architecture, we practically do not look the way while we are walking, we have so many things in mind that we do not realized what’s going on around us, we have to focus on the simple things of life, like many cultures do.

Living a place is to enjoy what you see around you and what you sense from it, this applies specifically in architecture, we spend most of our time inside an structure,¬†whether you are a writer or a doctor, there are places in the structure you work ¬†on (office, home, hospital, etc.) where you feel different, a lighter place, a relaxing place or even a place where you feel proactive, this is what it means to “live” the architecture, even if we don’t realized, every area has a purpose and it should help you feel/work different. This concept for every space is what makes ¬†Japanese Architecture a great example to “feel” the architecture.

To understand the morphology of Japanese Architecture we should know that Japan has had some big transformations during the centuries, from culture to religion, this transformations affected architecture directly. Japan has a variety of influences in its architecture, like:

РChinese culture and Buddhism from the VI century with temples and stupas or pagodas, as funerary structures.

– The integration of Tea Ceremonies held in rustic wooden houses to drink tea and enjoy art.

– In a military period (Azuchi Momoyama/Sengoku), Castles where built as a defensive structure of liege people.

– They also tried to simplify architecture because of the attacks some cities suffer; they combined classical architecture with new simple forms so the reconstruction of buildings didn’t take long.

– After the First World War, the Japanese architecture change, a big transformation that came from modernism architects like Frank Lloyd Write (United States) and Bruno Taut (Germany) that arrived to Japan to work, they help with a transition from the architecture that had become “traditional” through the pass of the years, new methods of construction and occidental influences.

The modern architecture brought new techniques of construction, styles, new materials like concrete and new interpretations from the traditional architecture; the concept of space, the relation between interior and exterior and, of course, simplicity are the main concepts that I take when it comes to think/design about Japanese Architecture, especially in the contemporary architecture (but that’s a whole new topic for another post).

– After the Second World War, Japanese architects started to emerge; they brought simple forms to architecture and elements from the everyday living, and managed to ease off the architectonic patterns that characterized their history.

Just how new symbolic elements appear and remained from century to century in their life and construction, simple forms are now taking the step down and becoming the new symbolic way to describe Japanese Architecture and culture.

We can not simply the culture of a country, specially if it has so many changes and diverse influences like Japan’s culture, what we can do, is to understand the basic ideas (in this case) of the design and the everyday habits of a population; like a great architect said: … originality consists in returning to the origin.

Plan for a Sustainable Life

A few years ago, I made an study about a small village in my home-town in Venezuela, a cold mountain zone. The study was about¬†Sustainable Environments, it may sound redundant because it is a rural area with agriculture and cattle raising activities, the common activities in these type of places, but, specifically in that village, agriculture wasn’t the first economic activity for the anymore.

The younger generation does not practice the heavy work in the land, they realized that, because of the beauty of the town, it’s full of tourists and its visiting was increasing very fast; they decided to make some money renting their own houses, this activity continued growing and by 2010, the village was very different, architecturally speaking, they managed to use the money from the renting to enlarge their houses or even to built new ones, let’s say they managed to start a “Bead & Breakfast” kind of activity. The problem was that the typical architecture and the sense of an antique or “folkloric” village was disappearing, it was loosing its identity which was the main reason for the tourists to visit it.

THE PROJECT

This study developed the proposal I handed in for my final thesis, it helps me realized how overrated and undervalue my city was. The idea of this project was giving the village a new perspective, not for the tourist but for the inhabitants; they needed to care more about the land and the culture they lived in.

The project consist on placing a Sustainable Agriculture Village Centre, a few minutes away from the downtown, the project consists in a land area divided in sections, each one with an assigned activity, the architecture style was the fusion of minimalism with the main elements taken from the colonial architecture in the place; It is composed by:

– The access building which was inspired in the main entrances from the old houses in the colonial period.

– Pig, cows and horses’ stables, where all the visitors can interact and be part of the routine activities from the farmers. An inner “private” path designed only for riding a horse and move around the Centre. The roof of the stables should have solar panels.

– Stable for producing humus, compost and lombriculture used for the inner crops and for sale too. The visitors can learn about the process of raise earthworms and how to use the product they form.

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– Different “eatable squares” or sections where visitors can be part of the cultivation and harvest activities. This area implement activities like: changing crops, using organic humus and harvesting. It will be open to schools and private groups that want to learn about the process, teached by people from the zone. The harvest¬†vegetables will be used in a gourmet Restaurant placed in the Centre; people from the town can also buy some of the harvest in the Centre once a week.

– A BioGas zone (only for intern use) powered with cow and horse excrement, it will produce gas and hot water to all the Village Centre. It is placed in the south-east of the village so the smells or any leak of gas does not contaminate the hole Centre or the surroundings (the zoning was made studying the air flows).

– The Restaurant will have a menu with dishes from the local cuisine, using the vegetables harvested from the inner gardens, the structure has local materials like stone walls (the town is placed in a cold zone and the stone helps maintaining warm on the inside when the sun goes down) and wood beams and columns, like all the “colonial” houses are made in the zone.

– ¬†The “living” area, situated in the gorge of the land, so the small duplex apartments have the best view with the benefit of privacy at the end of the day. This are administrated like Bead & Breakfast and people can be included in all the inner activities and town activities as well.

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OBJECTIVES

The main objective of this project was giving the agriculture a new meaning, specially for the inhabitants; resettle this activity as the main economic entry for the town.

Fusion the agriculture with the “new economic activity”: renting small apartments inside of the Centre, so the town still have its visitors, this time, including them and the inhabitants in all the precesses that take place in the zone.

Promote healthy activity, ecological and consciousness of the agricultural products.

This was a very interesting study, it help us realized how fast culture and even architecture can change if people isn’t stimulate, people need to re-learn how to work with its surroundings and improve the old techniques; every individual can do something for its environment, but, let’s be clear, the state must be interested and encourage its inhabitants too, otherwise, our roots will disappear faster than we think.

Architecture is also part of the change, it changes people habits, town activities and even culture, so never underestimate the meaning of architecture around us.

Castle of Legnano

THE PLACE

The Castle of Legnano is located in Milan, Italy, in the south of a town named Legnano as well as the Castle. It is placed on an small “island” formed by the¬†bifurcation¬†of the Olona river.

The Castle is known as “Castrum Sancti Georgi”, wich means Castle of St. George,¬†whose¬†presence has been documented in this place¬†since¬†1231.¬†The fort was buid on a Regular Augustinian convent.

This areas was given to me and my companions as an individual project to develop in a year of Master, as well as other areas but today let’s talk about this interesting place.

THE CASTLE

Inside the castle we found a small museum of the medieval events that took place in this area, like the “Palio” which is an annual athletic contest between towns in Italy, that involves horse racing, archery, jousting and crossbow shooting; It is still an active event or festival and the one in Legnano is very famous in the Lombard region. In the museum we found the original costumes and armers that were used in the medieval period, it is a very compact place to visit but it was nice, however, the castle surroundings have no maintenance and that’s were we got in.

The idea of creating a project there was to give a new direction to the use and function of the castle and the surrounding areas to attract and increase the number of visitors during the year.

The project started studying the area, pros and cons inside and out the Castle and type of visitors during the day.

The first thing that I notices was the Park called “Parco Castello” (The Castle park) right next to the Castle, it is very good publicity but’s not being used, we saw people going for a walk, jogging and doing what they like, but, all of them seem to avoid the Castle, it has such low maintenance that people don’t even notice it, it’s like they know it’s there but, nobody cares.

The other thing that caught my eye is that at the end of the area, behind the castle, there are the ruins of an old mill, the project doesn’t include that space but, it could be easily be part of or at least it could be considered as a focal point of interest.

In the other side of the Castle, there’s a parking area, a big one, which means that it is a very accessible area and it is well served too. Nowadays the parking is being used by camions and trucks for many hours. It could be easily fixed establishing schedules for the trucks, leaving space for visitants during the day

The access to the Castle is the most visited one, it’s the point of connection between the city and the Castello’s park, it means that the access is the first thing people would notice in the area and it can be well used to amplify the attention to the Castle itself and not that much attention to the park or its surroundings.

THE PROJECT

This was a particularly exiting project, it was one of the few projects were we can worked at first in group and then by ourselves.

– First I divided the castle in areas: Public, Semi-public and Private, I thought it needed to be stablish “who” and “why” people would like to visit the Castle.

– Then, I gave every section a use, for Public space I proposed a plaza and everyone is invited!, it is the first thing people would see, it’ll have seats, trees and a very wide view of the Castle. It’s placed outside the “island”. When passing the island, there’s an open area that embrace the castle with few seats so that people can get comfortable in the green areas and there are groups of rustic plants that takes the castle to an ancient age.

Plaza

– The semi-public area is placed in the inner garden of the Castle, there are some open buildings and a backyard so there can be made some private events like weddings and official dinners. I proposed pergolas with vine, green and stone pavement and a series of part-shade shrubs for the inside edges of the Castle. For the backyard I proposed espalier fruit trees, seats and an elevated zone for future events.

Backyard– Behind the Castle there’s a great empty area, this one is for the young and not so young. There will be a wooden zone with elevated connections inside the trees, so people can have another reason to visit this awesome but ignored place. There’s also an open space with rustic flowers and grasses and the rule is: There are no rules!

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There is already a new plan for the Castle, however, we realized that when it comes to students brainstorming, there are always a bunch of ideas to consider. We had a great time, we studied the problematic of the area and got to the proper design according to every point of view.

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Plants

For any question please write me down.

Planing a Small Garden

Believe it or not, planning a small garden takes time, it doesn’t mean it is a complicated thing, it means that we have to pay attention to details, we have to make it functional and “alive” ¬†through all the seasons.

Let’s check out the top three things we have to keep in mind to prevent any fungus,¬†diseases¬†or even death of our plants.

  • Orientation: The first thing we have to know when we want to plan a garden or even a small terrace is the sunlight. Take a weekend day to understand where’s sun or shadows in your garden and the time of the day when sun or shadow appear. This will help you with another step when it comes to choose which plants you want. For example: If you have a part-shade area in your garden, means that the sun arrives for 3 or 4 hours per day and then it becomes a shadow space, this indicate us that we can plant some plants that grows well with this amount of sun at day, like Hydrangea, Azalea, Heuchera, etc.
  • Soil: Knowing the kind of soil we’re dealing with, will ease a big part of the work. I mean, if we know the type of soil, we can decided: if we have to use vases or if we can plant directly to the ground and, if we have to deal with rustic plants that grows everywhere of maybe those who grow better in an acid soil (“acidophilic” plants will reduce list of shrubs or trees and this is good news if you don’t know what to buy). If you do not what to deal with it, or maybe you have a terrace instead of a garden, you can always use vases and even trees grow well in vases, so there are no excuses to do it!
  • Type of plants: If you have the time and you really love plants, you can use flowering plants, they will give your garden a very colourful touch through all the seasons. On the other hand, if you don’t care much about gardening or you don’t have the time, it’s ok! all you have to do is to use foliage plants, those who don’t have big or flagrant flowers but instead have a very extravagant foliage, they aren’t as “needy” as flowering plants and provide the colour your garden needs all year, even in winter.

Hope this article help you take the first step and design your own garden.

See you soon!!!

Wedding Decor with Herbs

Yes! You read it right, seems that lately the herbs are not only used in the kitchen but also as a very luscious decorative plants!

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I like to think these perennial plants are just perfect in every space, big or small, combined with flowering plants or alone. They are a very important piece in our garden, terrace or in this case, in a decoration for a wedding (obviously a BIG plus is that they are perfectly edible).

Lets organize the ideas… In this article I’m going to show you a proposal of a very rustic but elegant decoration. First of all we have to make a list of the herbs that you can actually use.

I like to begin explaining why all the herbs are no good for a decoration. For starters, not all the herbs are perennial. For example: basil, coriander, parsley and thyme are very gorgeous plants to have in our garden and even indoors, but they have a “dormancy time” and when this happens, the leafs falls down leaving only branches. The leafs are so tender and small that is not worth it to use them in a big decoration. However, we can use them like a table centerpiece or to decorate a¬†buffet table.

The plants we can use are those with a bush bearing, like Rosemary, Lavender, Sage,¬†Chamomile¬†(because of its daisy-like flowers), Daisies and so on… I mean, every plant you like!

Another important thing is the materials. ¬†You can use wood splint’s baskets, vintage metal buckets and even concrete planters and the arrangement would be just perfect. In this case we use cubes of concrete, to give a similar sensation as the stone in the walls of the church.

This wedding will take place in a small town on the North of Italy. The Saint Miro’s church is a very modest church that’s placed 20 minutes away from the town… Should I add that you can only get there by walking.

Because of the size of the church, most of the arrangements are in the outside. For the inside, the seats decoration will be very simple with a few branches of rosemary or lavender, like the image below I found surfing the web.

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The church’s entrance has concrete vases with rosemary and sage on them. The left side of the door has a green arrangement.

If you want a little bit of colour, even white, you can always use hortensias or roses (as long as it’s their flowering season), they match perfectly with herbs.

Front Church - San Miro

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This is a very particular church. It has an outdoor apse and the access is on one side. Since this church doesn’t have a frontal access (like we’re used to), we have to propose some arrangements in this “complement” area to “escort” the entrance to the church.

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Here I leave a few more examples of the way the wedding should look like and different materials to be combine.

Concrete planter (I know I’m talking about herbs but I just wanted to show a nice concrete vase, please ignore the succulents)

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Metal bucket

Bucket

Herbs, herbs and more herbs

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For this wedding example, they’d combined herbs with white roses and hortensias and also added a fruit, the lime. You can add any citrus fruit you want.

As you can see, with herbs there’s no need to find the best way to dispose them, just putting them together¬†is more than enough (big ones on the back and small ones to the front). This plants are so full of character that they will shine on their own.

However, I recommend using the same type of vase, same material and same colour, this way we have an order and a continuity around the different areas.

This is all for now, hope you liked this post.

See you soon!!!