Tuscan Landscaping Ideas
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Tuscan Landscaping Ideas

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  • Ornamental grasses are a beautiful way of adding motion and a soft texture to a Tuscan landscape.
  • Flowering thyme between the pathway stones gives off a lovely fragrance when walking and is a traditional Tuscan element.
  • In this colorful garden, native plants mingle with Mediterranean species for a waterwise and low-care landscape.
  • The warm colors of the stone and plantings still look bold and colorful under the hot summer sunshine.
  • Any type of stone or gravel can fit well within the Tuscan theme, so long as earth tones are used. Avoid grey gravel and rock as it tends to look cold among a Tuscan theme.

Tuscan Landscape Style Guide

Use this design sheet to help you create the perfect Tuscan landscape. You’ll get ideas for color, décor, materials, plants and fabric. It is a great starting point for any landscaping project.

Tuscan Landscape Style Guide (PDF)

Plants for a Tuscan garden:

Traditional Tuscan plants:
Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Bay (Laurus nobilis)
Olive (Olea europaea)
Fig (Ficus carica)
Citrus (Citrus spp.)
Grape vine (Vitus vinifera)
Lavender (Lavendula spp. and cvs.)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis)
Thyme (Thymus spp.)

Ornamental grasses:
Lindheimer’s muhly grass (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)
Deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)
Moor grass (Sesleria spp.)

Other recommended plants:
Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
Pearl bluebush (Maireana sedifolia)
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
Cleveland sage (Salvia clevelandii)
Bee’s bliss sage (Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’)
White sage (Salvia apiana)

The Tuscan style of landscape mixes iconic plantings like lavender, rosemary, and Italian cypress with the warm colors of terra cotta urns, natural stone and bold flowers that stand out against the bright sunshine.

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Gabriel Frank, landscape designer and owner of Gardens by Gabriel, has been designing in this style for many years. The colorful yet waterwise plants of the Mediterranean suit both his design aesthetic and his desire for sustainability. Here are his professional tips for designing a Tuscan-style landscape.