Renaissance Gardens: Achieving Simple Elegance

Italy has a massive influence on different fields of design; the country serving as a great inspiration in garden design is no longer surprising.

The country’s Renaissance and villa gardens are popular for their attention to detail, skillful designs, statues, and use of water. Their gardens embody the Italian’s delight in tranquil and elegant design that celebrates art, nature, and archaeology.

Numerous designers pay homage to the Renaissance by interpreting traditional elements in today’s gardens.

You can do it, too. Keep in mind, however, that it’s more than just adding a garden antique or two.

Controlled Shapes

An Italian garden is all about tranquility and elegance; to achieve this, your garden’s design should have a discernable shape. Be it the walls, terraces, or stairways – the shapes should be clear. Simple geometric shapes such as rectangles and squares give your landscape an organized and controlled look.

Most formal gardens come with a hard landscape; in the case of Renaissance gardens, plantings have more freedom — similar to new English gardens that combine arts and crafts design.

A Strong Axis Design

Renaissance gardens are beautiful combinations of human control and natural beauty. Traditional Italian gardens boast of strong structure complemented with clear lines. Layouts and paths give these gardens a beautiful and symmetrical look.

For a contemporary garden that features an avenue with a line of trees, establish a clearer axis with a straight path and soften the look with adjacent plants. Plant trees alongside stone paths to emphasize the straight line, which leads the eye through the garden.

The Plants

Hedges made from clipped boxwood are a must-have for most Italian gardens. The natural addition creates simple and clean lines, which present a sense of control. Complement your hedges with a bundle of lavenders along the pathway.

When designing your Renaissance garden, remember one principle: simple geometric patterns matter. Unlike the swirly designs of France, Italian gardens keep it modest yet elegant at the same time.