The Mediterranean-style garden resembles southern cities with their charming little streets lined with pleasantly smelling greenery, beautiful and cozy terraces. All this beauty can be recreated on your own site, and you don’t need to spend too much time on leaving, because in the Mediterranean garden the main areas are occupied by recreational areas, paved areas, open terraces and pottery gardens. Here, as in a mirror, the lifestyle and mentality of the inhabitants of the Mediterranean were reflected, who adore spending as much time as possible not outside the walls of their houses, but on the street, conducting friendly conversations in the open air in an atmosphere of warmth and carefree fun.
Basic styles of the Mediterranean garden
There are several currents in the design of a green zone of a similar kind that are available in a particular country. The most common Italian-style garden, built on the principle of clear zoning, perfectly combines strict geometric lines and a romantic mood. Typical elements will be sculptures made in the classical style, elegant terracotta vases, fountains, weaving plants, pottery gardens and a lot of other small elements that together give the garden a unique charm.
The Provencal-style garden features elegant wrought iron furniture and pavilions with metal walls. The colors in this garden are not so bright, the main plant is lavender. You can often see very fragrant mixborders than potted gardens.
In mixborders, flowers, essential oil and ornamental plants in various combinations are usually planted.
Finally, the third type is the Greek garden, which inherited the traditions of the gardens of ancient times. It is difficult to look away from the snow-white walls of buildings, furniture and pergolas, painted in ultramarine colors, similar to the roofs of ancient Greek temples. The tracks are covered with rough stone (mostly rubble), the presence of amphora, sculptures and utensils made in the ancient Greek style give the garden an antique spirit.
Main area - terrace
The main area of the Mediterranean garden is the terrace - an ideal place for relaxation, a pleasant pastime and a friendly feast. As a rule, the terrace is located so that it offers a beautiful view of plant compositions. Equal importance is given to the coating for the terrace area, priority is given to stone, which is sometimes replaced with concrete or paving slabs.
Not often, but you can find terraces lined with wood. But regardless of the material, the coating should have a light color, terracotta and ocher tones are also acceptable.
The site can have several levels, if the landscape allows. The pottery gardens located here will serve as decoration and outline the boundaries of the zone.
On the sides of the terrace adjacent to the house, there should be walls that protect from gusts of wind. The best style will correspond to materials resembling sandstone or white marble. However, glazed walls with shutters are also acceptable. If the site does not manage to equip the terrace on the south side of the house, then you can build a remote terrace in any other suitable place. To do this, a pergola is built above the site, tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture are placed.
Plants in a Mediterranean-style garden
Of course, plants of the southern latitudes do not tolerate our cold weather, but fortunately, the main elements of the Mediterranean garden are potted and potted plants, while perennials growing in open areas are given the role of the second plan. Heat-loving plants in pots will perfectly decorate the garden area, and with the onset of cold weather they are simply transferred to the room. Therefore, myrtle, and evergreen citrus and luxurious palm trees with vines can become a decoration of the garden in warm weather.
There is another method for growing heat-loving crops in our latitudes. To do this, plant plants near a stone niche, which will collect heat during the day to warm the plants at night. For example, a yucca can be planted in such a niche. And in an open area, stonecrop, euphorbia, catnip will take root, and although all these plants come from our places, they have a certain southern flavor. Several tropical potted plants set nearby will enhance the atmosphere of the south.
A collection of southern plants in tubs, of course, will decorate the Mediterranean garden, but if you don’t have such plants, you can replace them with annual crops and herbs planted in pots, their bright flowering will make the color scheme of the garden area even more juicy.
On open ground in European gardens, usually slender cypresses and coniferous pine trees grow. If the climate of the area for these plants is not suitable, then you can try to find a replacement for them. Thuja, Lavson's cypress, juniper are perfect. A skillful haircut of these plants can work wonders. From the bushes you can use jasmine, tamarix. And if we talk about perennials for the Mediterranean garden, then we must definitely mention sage, santolina, lavender, various types of ornamental and spicy herbs.
The fountain is an important element of composition
Water features bring coolness to the green zone, and the soothing murmur of water helps create a relaxing environment.
The most typical and indispensable object of the garden is a fountain, ideally it should be made in the style of Roman street fountains decorated with the heads of lions, or have the appearance of a round bowl standing on a long leg. But do not limit your imagination, fountains with a different design also fit perfectly into the Mediterranean garden. The fountain should be surrounded by a pot garden, best of herbs and plants of violet and blue tones that sway easily from the slightest breath. For large fountain forms with several levels, framing from ampelous plants is suitable, which, like fountain jets, will go from level to level. Large fountains are best placed on the terraces, where they will look spectacular.
When creating a Mediterranean garden, pay particular attention to detail. All of them should be designed in a certain style, consistent with the overall design and emphasize the southern flavor of the composition. At the same time, one should not be afraid to overdo it with their number, the more there will be, the more interesting will be a walk in the garden and the more pleasant discoveries you can make in it.
Mediterranean style in the garden (20 photos)