A little while ago I went on a wonderful holiday in Italy, entitled Gardens of the Amalfi Coast and took a few photos. Villa Rufolo, a 13th century merchant's villa in Ravello. It quickly became apparent that Italian gardens are quite different to British ones, they rely more on views and structure, rather than the lush planting that our climate allows. This is one such stunning view. At the very bottom on the right is Sally Nex, a lovely person who was our horticultural guide for this trip. She is a freelance who writes regularly for the RHS magazine. Essentially structure. A courtyard within the villa. And another stunning view. Villa Cimbrone a short distance away also in Ravello. You can see what I mean about structure and views. Orto Botanico - Botanic Gardens of Naples I have obviously left out a lot of pictures. I just wanted to give a flavour of Italian gardens, and show some exotic plants.