An image from Giardino Segreto of this garden has been the cover of my GARDENS board on Pinterest for awhile. I see it so often I sometimes glance over it. However, current projects have been evaluating different plants against dark walls and went to search out more photos of this project. The design was completed for Rocca Civalieri, located at the Monferrato Hills in Italy. The design was the result of turning the one time summer sanctuary of Piedmontese nobles from the late Middle Ages and farm into a hotel, spa and convention center. Baietto Battiato Bianco were the architects for the project and Cristiana Ruspa of Giardino Segreto was the landscape architect. You will be able to tell at the number of photos on the project I included how inspiring I found the overall design.
This feature is from Armadillo Bar and is posted from July 2014, so shows the matured plants compared to the other photos of he project with dates in 2012 and earlier. (see the following photo for the change). Also I found the dark wall behind the plantings is created by pre-oxidized cooper in a stratified dark copper.
This is the same bed featured from Giardino Segreto at an earlier stage of the planting. This is the circular drive at the entrance of the hotel. A construction photo from Idea Turisom shows the detail of the bed being edged in a non-oxidized copper (see below).
This photo from Idea Tursimo shows the construction of the front bed that also includes edging with non-treated copper.
Here is another construction photo of the bed with the copper addition prior to to the planting installation. Photo from Idea Tursimo.
Here is a final view of the driveway entrance completed. A detail the other photos did not showcase was transition to a paved hardscape closer to the building entrance from the gravel driveway. Photo from Giardino Segreto.
The Rocca Cilvalieri includes an inner courtyard, which features a bleached wood square pergola structure. Many of the planting from the entrance are repeated here with the addition of climbing iceberg roses and clematis to provide shade.
The central pergola in the bright midday sun, providing the intended shade. Image from Armadillo Bar.
An alterantive view from Armadillo Bar of the courtyard area.
This photo feature the courtyard at a cooler light and younger plantings. Photo from Giardino Segreto.
My favorite detail is how the copper planters are enclosed by the stairs and the horizontal detail reflects the step’s treads. Photo from Giardino Segreto.
The last photo I want to share before we get into the plant and material break down is the aerial view provided by Copper Concepts. The highlighted portion showcases the area clad in the pre-oxidised copper. You can see the circular drive and the rectangular courtyard featured in the previous photos.
Here is a breakdown of the plants featured in the design with the hardscape materials. I want to note that Giardino Segreto provided the plant ids on their website and want to give credit to them for being open to share this information.
Links to purchase:
- Artemisia arborescens ‘Powis Castle’ – Ball Seed
- Miscanthus sinensis – Fine Gardening for image PLEASE NOTE: - Miscanthus sinensis Anderss (or Japanese Silvergrass) this is on the National Park Service website as an invasive plant for the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Perovskia atriplicifolia – White Flower Farm
- Verbena bonariensis – Monrovia
- Stipa tenuissima – Monrovia
Here are my sources and credits for this article if you would like to read further:
- Landscape Architect – Giardino Segreto
- Architects – Baietto Battiato Bianco
- Information on Copper Used – Copper Concept
- Construction Photos - Idea Turismo
- Additional Photos - Armadillo Bar
- The Hotel – Rocca Civalieri