This is one of the most popular design styles in the world. Characterized by the plants used to create this design, the Mediterranean landscape design uses a lot of warmer climate plants with vibrant colors, interesting shapes and designs, and different sizes. This design is becoming more accessible worldwide as science and enthusiasts develop and modify palm trees and mediterranean plants to survive in various climates, beyond those with mediterranean features. Below are some of the ways you can create your own Mediterranean style landscape:
- Shaded seating
Whether you have a back porch, or a small unused grassy area, by using pergolas or similar structures, and adding textured and/or fragrant plants to these structures, you can create a cozy escape from the warm summer, from the bugs, or just a serene escape. The type of vines or plants you use may vary, but some suggestions include: Morning Glory, Jasmine and/or Golden Hop.
- Pots and Interesting Containers
Terra pots are scattered across almost every Mediterranean landscape, and are a staple in your design. Clay is always favoured, but plastic works too, if that is what is available to you. Remember to water the plants you put in these pots, and try and scatter them or keep them somewhat asymmetrical for a more interesting and authentic design.
No, not just water for the plants, water as a decorative enhancement as well! Fountains, springs and other water features are used for practical purposes in actual Mediterranean gardens as they cool the air in the midst of relentless hot summers. Try a tiered fountain or a statue for a more subtle look.
- Pebbles and rocks
Stone floors and pebble pathways are popular in the world of Mediterranean landscape, and will help create a real Mediterranean feel.
You could also try colored tiles under pots or on steps to add a pop of color