The Mediterranean gardens have their inspiration in the landscapes of Portugal, Spain, South of France, Italy and Greece. Although there are formal Mediterranean gardens, the most known are informal. They usually feature gravel paths with planting arranged in groups that are displayed as they naturally emerged there.
The warm climate is suitable for plants like lavender, rosemary, santolina, laurel, olives, citrus trees and vines which are the most popular plants in the Mediterranean garden style. As you can picture in your mind, the color goes from bluish and silver leaves to purple flower and colorful citrus fruits.
In smaller or urban gardens, terracotta and colorful mosaics immediately transport the visitor to the region as long as white walls that reflects natural light to the space.
Main elements in a Mediterranean Garden
- Gravel: is used to create paths or limit areas in the garden. It creates defines shape and gives texture and color contrast to the garden;
- Silver leaves: Sunny Mediterranean region is known for plants that adapted to drought. The thin silver leaves are the result of this adaptation featured in plants like lavender, rosemary or santolina.
- Shades: In a sunny garden, it is important to create shade areas. This is usually done using pergolas and vines where you can place a table and chairs to enjoy the freshness;
- Terracotta and mosaics: the region is known for the large terracotta pots and floor mosaic surfaces. Use them in smaller gardens to create focal points and better recreate the style.