irresistible about Mediterranean gardens, a sort of casual elegance
that makes them one of the most enjoyable styles of gardens around. Inspired by the
coastal areas and countrysides of Spain, Italy and France,
Mediterranean style have influenced many gardeners with their soft
colors, gravel walks, brightly patterned tiles, clipped hedges,
drought-tolerant plantings, and not to mention the delightful scent
offered by the amazing number of Mediterranean plants with scented
leaves. Aesthetically appealing, low-maintenance, and water-wise, a
Mediterranean garden is definitely worth the investment in your front
or back yard.
1. Shaded seating areas
for you Mediterranean garden
Same with the Philippine’s
climate, the Mediterranean climate is so agreeable that it is of the
essence to place shaded seating areas in your garden. They provide a
place to unwind on a balmy summer evening or enjoy coffee with the
first rays of sunshine in the morning, and it is imperative that
shade is vital in these sun-baked gardens.
Shaded decks and patios are the common
structures we see outside of our homes that provide the pleasure of
sitting and enjoying your Mediterranean garden. Apart from deck and
patios, pergolas are also decorative structures that are ideal for
providing the necessary shade. They make striking features,
specifically when attractively covered with perfumed, climbing plants
like wisteria and jasmine, which scent the evening air when you sit
down and relax. Moreover, pergolas convert to seating areas to
inviting extensions of the house such as conservatories and back
terraces adding intimacy and beauty.
2. The element of
gravel in your Mediterranean garden
In Mediterranean gardens,
where garden have long coped with too little water for their plants
and gardens or with drought periods, lawns have been considerably
reduced and replaced with gravel or paving or even a combination of
or paving, it reduces the water
usage, and has the incredible advantage of being low-maintenance and
making long-lasting attractive mulches.
3. Mediterranean water
features for your garden
Water features are
essential in Mediterranean gardens to cool the air in the unbearable
heat in the Philippines. The gleam of water also adds a delightful
dimension to any garden. A trickle of shallow water and a mister on
the hottest days are very attractive.
Whether in ornamental ponds, pools, koi ponds, and
fountains, the sound and sight of water always provide a breath of
fresh air and relief from the long, hot days of the climate. In
addition, our friendly living creatures like butterflies, bees, and
birds enjoy it too.
4. Mediterranean tiles
and pebbles for your garden
The use of pebbles,
cobbles, and tiles completely screams traditional Mediterranean
landscaping design. Reminiscent of the ancient times and Moorish
mosaic, these intricate elements of Mediterranean design are
beautifully crafted in our modern gardens for that old Mediterranean
Cobbles and pebbles can be
woven into elaborated designs for a pleasingly aesthetic rock
garden, and glazed colored tiles
may be used to decorate walls and patio floors. Use stones of various
colors and sizes that you may lay flat or on edge and create your own
design pattern. Also bursting with color, tiles create lively mosaics
to create dramatic color accents with their rich combinations of
pattern and color.
5. Potted plants to
beautify your Mediterranean garden
Terra-cotta pots and jars
are a famous feature in a Mediterranean garden. Used as focal points
or for container gardening, they come in all possible shapes and
sizes, from the simple pot to the large classical garden vases.
Select pots with a wide base to ensure that they are not blown over.
Favor clay pots that will remain cool by evaporation to plastic posts
that will absorb the sun’s heat.
A potted plant has a
smaller reserve of water than a grown in a grown, so never forget to
water your plants. Add a glazed saucer beneath your pot to hold water
in which your plant will happily draw. These potted plants will look
beautiful as ornamental decoration in your front yard or back patio.
plants for your Mediterranean garden
While there are different
styles of gardens across the Mediterranean region and thousands of
plants to be used, those immediately coming to mind belong to the
tranquil color palette of grays, purples, and blue-greens. Some of
these heat-loving and drought-tolerant plants that are favored by
Filipino homeowners and gardeners include a variety of fragrant herbs
as scents is an essential part of a Mediterranean garden.
Yuccas, rock roses, and
rosemaries are some aromatic evergreens that produce beautiful
flowers in bloom. Lavenders, as the queen of Mediterranean gardens,
have delightfully scented flowers. Orange and lemon trees also add a
Mediterranean touch to your garden. Morning glory and jasmine
plantings can also be added to your pergolas for a beautiful and
fragrant dash of ornamentals.
In addition, much of the
foliage of Mediterranean plants has needles or is finely textured as
a moisture-conserving adaptation. Many of the leaves are coated in a
white fuzz, which gives the garden a light-catching, shimmery
Mediterranean-inspired raised beds for your garden
Not only attractive,
raised beds are also a fabulous opportunity for creating well-drained
sites, an environment Mediterranean plants love. They are also great
at breaking the monotony, show plants off to their advantage, and
make gardening easier. These raised beds can be formal or informal,
dressed with gravel, mulch or even larger boulders.