If you have a smaller courtyard or terrace then of course the most satisfying way of achieving a Tuscan feel is by using a combination of terracotta pots, troughs and urns. Geraniums help keep the dreaded mosquitoes at bay and kitchen herbs such as basil, thyme, parsley and sage are all very happy in pots, just remember to water regularly. Why not plant a few caper seeds in your garden walls, simply pop in a couple of seeds with a little compost or a few raisins, the fruit will feed the seed as it takes root. Citrus trees will also remain happy in large pots but must be moved to a frost free spot in the autumn.Of course Tuscany would not be Tuscany without its vines and climbing roses both of which if trained carefully can provide valuable protection for shade loving plants such as Hellebores and Hostas.
Check out your soil’s type and structure: many Tuscan gardens are poor in nutrients and will benefit from regular mulching with organic matter such as grass clippings. Mulching your plant beds and vegetables gardens will also help the soil retain moisture and reduce the growth of weeds.
This article was written by Sharon Kilby