We have all been trapped in our bubbles for months now and you may need a change of scenery. We cannot take you to the Mediterranean, but we can inspire you with some Mediterranean landscape ideas!
Mediterranean gardens can be exciting with options for lush, vibrant colors. When choosing plants to go in your Mediterranean-style garden it is important to think of succulents and drought-tolerant plants.
Orange trees or lemon trees will really bring in the Mediterranean vibe. Make sure to plant these trees in large pots that you can keep sheltered in the winter if you do not actually live in a Mediterranean climate.
Add to the architectural frame work of your garden with some topiaries or hedges. The Italian Cypress is one of the more common trees in a Mediterranean Garden. These trees are versatile and evergreen and they can provide an attractive green backdrop year round.
CONTAINERS AND POTS
Along with plants and topiaries around the landscape, you also have the option of adding in some containers or pots…even a raised bed. Of course the first thing that comes to mind when thinking Mediterranean pot is the terra cotta pots and jars. They can be used for focal points or just for container gardening. Clay pots are preferred, as they remain cool throughout evaporation, whereas a plastic pot will absorb the sun’s heat. Keep potted plants watered regularly and place a saucer under the pot for extra moisture.
SHADED SEATING AREAS
Everyone will naturally want to sit in your garden and enjoy it! Consider adding a seating area as well. Pergolas are a very popular Mediterranean-style structures and they provide a lot of shade. Add a climbing plant to create some interest to your pergola as well.
GRAVEL FLOORS AND WATER FEATURES
Mediterranean climates typically suffer from lack of water so lawns are either reduced or eliminated and replaced with gravel. Gravel helps reduce water usage and is very low maintenance as well.
While water might not be needed for the grass as much for the Mediterranean Garden, it can be used in attractive features such as a fountain or ornamental pond.
Along with adding a little bit of gleam, water fixtures are great for attracting birds, butterflies and bees to the garden.
So, sorry we cannot provide you with a plane ticket for an all-expense paid trip to the Mediterranean, but hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to create your Mediterranean garden!
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