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A red wall provides the perfect backdrop for this Tuscan-style patio

Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
Tuscan and Mediterranean-style garden design has long been a popular theme, especially in arid climates. What makes a landscape design Tuscan or Mediterranean? If it has several of these features:
  • Cypress trees
  • Walled enclosures; courtyard patios
  • a fountain
  • The use of terracotta in rooftops, pottery, tile, etc.
  • Topiaries (simple, classic forms; not puppies and bunnies)
  • Wrought iron
  • Glazed ceramic tiles and pottery
  • Aged stucco
  • Statuary
  • Earthy colors
  • Arbors and trellises
  • Vines, climbing and "spilling" plants
  • Olive trees
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Formal hedges
  • Rustic stone and rock
  • Natural fibers

This small patio garden in Southern California captures the essence of a Tuscan garden, on a much smaller scale.

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