Today we’re heading all the way to Felizzano in northwest Italy to visit Eddi Volpato’s garden.
Good morning! I am a passionate gardener and for about 20 years I have dedicated myself to my green space. I live in the northwest of Italy on the plain with sometimes cold winters and hot, dry summers. (Editor’s note: I believe Felizzano would fall into Zone 7 or 8 on the USDA Hardiness map.) Despite the unfavorable climate, I managed to create a cottage garden.
The garden is a small space of about 300 square meters (3,000 square feet). It includes a central area for the vegetable garden, with a series of spaces dedicated to flower borders. There are two lawns, one in front of the house and a smaller one in a hidden area.
The garden from above, with the vegetable garden in the center and the side borders.
The border in autumn, with Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Zones 5–9) and Aster novae-angliae and Aster novi-belgii (New England and New York asters, Zones 4–8).
An area to relax, with sheered boxwoods.
A collection of varieties of Paeonia lactiflora (common garden peony, Zones 3–8): ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Sarah Bernhardt’, ‘Bunker Hill’, ‘Karl Rosenfield’, and ‘Immaculèe’.
Bathtub with water lily.
The vegetable garden and the rose ‘Old Blush’ (Zones 6–9).
The well and euphorbia Jack Frost (Zones 8–9)
Fall anemones and asters.
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