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A Garden to Colour


Umbria, Italy


"Like a canvas on which to learn how to paint"

The brief for this garden was that to design a ‘flexible’ garden where the owner would be able to move plants around, learning how to garden while choosing his favourites and ultimately having fun.


Essential to the brief was that the garden should also be easy to maintenance. Maurizio Usai’s approach here was to retain, organise and reshape the existing shrub structure, to open new views within the garden and to create space for new flower borders inspired by the style of Gertrude Jakhyll.


The colourful borders (mainly herbaceous, but also with roses and other shrubs) were planted with species resistant to the long and hot Umbrian summers and have quickly revitalised and brought to life this previously anonymous 1970’s garden.

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