Location: Princess Jacaranda Caracciolo, Tenuta di Garavicchio, Capalbio, Tuscany, Italy.
Overview: Garavicchio is the ancestral home of the Caracciolo family in Tuscany. The 16th Century farmhouse is situated on a small hill with incredible views towards the sea on one side and the rolling tuscan countryside on the other. It is a family estate managed using traditional methods to cultivate olives, fruit and vegetables and raise livestock to supply the kitchen for the family.
This is an ongoing project to redesign the garden and estate which we are approaching in stages.
Our thoughts were to create something natural looking resonant of the local coastal flora; the typical ‘macchia mediterranea’, which also connects and sits well with the woodland and olive grove nearby.
Native and native-esque plants were used to achieve this, and careful attention given to form and texture as well as scent and colour. A strong year-round framework is provided by Boxwood, Westringia, rosemary, wild sage and Ballota. Against these, thickets of wild Burnet rose weave through the planting together with various pink and white Cistus, exuding their heady resinous odour, combining with that of wild rosemary, sage and roses to create the typical scent, colour and feel of the ‘macchia mediterranea’.
Close to the tennis court, two covered pergolas have been erected within the planting, each with a base of weathered chestnut flooring, and here we have added a little more colour from drifts of blue Agapanthus, Ceratostigma, Buddleia and Stipa gigantea.
We shall be using the same Mediterranean maquis style here in a more restrained pallette to create a more wild look. We have introduced some large olive trees to create shade and make a connection to the nearby olive groves.
A small path winds through the planting enabling access from the main garden to the ‘Giardino Dei Tarocchi’ sculpture park.
We are using minimal watering and pruning to create a very natural look.