Think of the hot rocky coastline, sandy soils and beautifully old architecture amongst gnarled trees and silver, blue shrubs. Mediterranean, or sometimes referred to as Dry gardens, are a perfect solution for hot, dry areas, creating a beautiful garden oasis in an otherwise ungrowable situation.
Low, coastal shrubs with silvery blue and olive green tones
Olives, Lavender, Rosemary, Pencil Pines, Agave, Aloe and succulents
Gnarled old trees and not too many!
Large, square or slate stone steps, sandy tones, earthy rendered brick walls
Columns – either with plants like the Glauca Pencil Pine or amongst the garden architecture
Large pots, concrete or stone sculptures, water fountain
Mixture of formal hedging and natural coastal growth
Blending of paths and garden beds, often no real garden edging
Low maintenance as the plants used need to be able to handle hot and dry climates and often harsh conditions. Watering may be needed when first planting the garden but once established the Mediterranean garden is self sufficient.
Secateurs, trowel, hose, watering can for spot watering, gardening gloves and sun hat!