Easy to maintain and effortlessly stylish, the planting combinations found in Mediterranean gardens can be truly breathtaking. Soaring verbenas mix with gently swaying grasses, whilst repeated drifts of purple salvias and lavender provide the underlying colour feature throughout the garden.
Structure in Mediterranean gardens is provided with Olive and Cypress trees, palms and ferns, grasses and larger shrubs such as Cistus, Choisya, Hebes, Sarcococca (sweet box), Myrtus and many, many more. Cooler coloured perennials are used to great effect, with geraniums, lavenders, salvias and nepetas amongst a large selection. Climbers such as Clematis, Wisteria, Grape vines, Jasmine and variegated ivy work especially well to cover uninspiring walls.
The Mediterranean garden style (along with the English Cottage Garden) is one of my personal favourites. I have installed a number of these gardens and have many Mediterranean features in my own garden. I take inspiration from many well known examples of the best Mediterranean gardens, including RHS Hyde Hall, Beth Chatto’s and Pensthorpe in Norfolk.
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