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Mediterranean Landscaping Styles – Not For The Faint Hearted but Awesome

Mediterranean Landscaping Styles – Not For The Faint Hearted but Awesome

Almost a dying kind of landscape, how do you recreate the original Mediterranean style garden for your clients? It is much simpler than you think. Say a client of yours has been scouring through books showing the gardens of Tuscany and now they would like a replication of the same. Where would you start on this project?

To begin with, what are some of the features synonymous with the Mediterranean style?

• Terra-cotta colored hardscaping and painting

• Grayish-green foliage

• Vase-shaped pots

• Bold flowers

To recreate this kind of landscape you could start with the key main features; but the highest symbol of Mediterranean style landscaping is the Mediterranean garden plants. These ranges are from herbs such as olives to Italian cypresses and even on to bold-colored plants, which bring a feeling of warmth onto the landscape. 

Traditional Mediterranean plants

When it comes to the choice of plants to use for a Mediterranean style garden, top of the list will be herbs. These will not just come in handy in the kitchen, but they are also fragrance and colorful, making them some of the greatest landscaping plants.

• Lavender

• Thyme

• Wormwood (Artemisia)

• Lavender cotton (Santolina) 

• Sage

• Rosemary

• Oregano

For maximum utilization of the herbs, you could plan to plant them along the pathways so that their fragrance may waft on to those using the path; and happen to bush against the plants. Alternatively, you could have them planted next to the gazebo, patio or any other outdoor sitting area.

For color considerations. You could brighten up the greyish-green hues of these herbs with that of olive trees. 

Be bold if you would want to bring out the full Mediterranean landscape effect. There would be absolutely nothing wrong with planting 50 lavender plants along a pathway. Such are the strong design themes that are characteristic of the Mediterranean style of landscaping.

Italian cypress is another essential tree to try out within the space that you are designing. Towering tall and majestic, these trees just ooze “Mediterranean” from every pore. They do have one major disadvantage; they can only be used in warm summer-like climates and regions. If you are working on a site in a colder zone and the client would still like the Mediterranean style garden, there are several substitutes you could consider such as:

• Sky Pencil (Ilex crenata) 

• Skyrocket (Juniperus scopulorum)

• Graham Blandy (Buxus semperviren) 

• Emerald (Thuja occidental)

These will go a long way in imitating the tall majestic splendor of the Italian cypress.

Bold colors are another thing to take into consideration when creating a Mediterranean style garden. Go for orange and apricot hues to contrast the blue-purple flowers of the Mediterranean herbs. An exciting groundcover to look out for would be the sun rose. It is cheerful and bursts brightly with color, defying season and conditions. Trying out Cheviot or Orange Surprise would also be very rewarding as they are not only very brightly colored; but they also bloom quite prolifically in the summer.

The Mediterranean style garden is not for the faint-hearted. There is an intense interplay of hues and textures and as a designer; you should not shy away from going all out when designing a Mediterranean landscaped garden for your client.

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