Mediterranean gardens that can usually be found in the countryside of Italy, France, and Greece have inspired many gardeners. It’s not hard to see why, as such gardens do not require much maintenance and are very visually pleasing. So, if you’d like to spice up your garden, and you think this style would suit you, here are a few suggestions you should consider.
Pots and Jars
Terra-cotta planters and decorative jars are one of the most famous features of Mediterranean gardens, which is why they should be a part of your garden as well. They come in all shapes and sizes, from small pots to large urns, and they can serve as amazing focal points. Just make sure to choose those with a wider base, so they don’t get blown over in the wind. After all, it’s all in the details, and details like these are what can make your backyard look authentic.
Needless to say, all those pots and planters should also have appropriate plants in them. When it comes to the Mediterranean style, you should opt for succulents and drought-tolerant plants that are mostly gray, purple, or blue. Many of them also belong to the group of fragrant herbs, since scent is very important in a Mediterranean backyard. For instance, in a Tuscan-styled garden, you can often find rosemary flowers marking the border of a stone path.
Raised beds are not only beautiful but also great for creating well-drained areas, which is ideal for Mediterranean plants. They are also a perfect way to break the monotony of your garden and emphasize certain plants. Plus, they are easy to maintain, and you can spice them up with gravel, stone, or larger boulders.
Shaded Seating Areas
For a Mediterranean garden, seating areas are a must. They will provide you with an opportunity to unwind after a long day, entertain your guests, read in the afternoon, or simply enjoy your morning coffee in the beautiful environment that you’ve yourself created. However, your seating areas won’t be complete without enough shade, which is why you should consider installing pergolas above it. They are perfect for providing you with plenty of shade, especially if you cover them with vines or similar climbing plants. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, you can also combine them with waterproof commercial shade sails, so you can enjoy your garden even during the rain.
Gravel, Stone, and Tiles
In Mediterranean gardens, lawns are usually smaller or completely replaced by gravel, since there usually isn’t enough rain to sustain a beautiful lawn. However, if you do have an amazing lawn that you can maintain, there’s no reason to eliminate it completely – you can use gravel, stone, or tiles for your pathways. Also, since cobalt blue is a very important color in Mediterranean gardens, adding cobalt blue tiles to your backyard would definitely bring it to the next level.
A great way to express your creativity is with artistic water features, such as unusual fountains, ornamental ponds, or miniature waterfalls. Besides being practical and cooling the air around them, water features can also serve as fantastic focal points. They would give you something to rest your eyes on, and the sound of moving water is extremely relaxing as well. Plus, water features also attract butterflies and birds, and they would surely add a pop of color to your garden.
If you love spending time outdoors and you want your garden to be not just gorgeous but also unique, you should definitely consider decorating it in the Mediterranean style. Therefore, think about the above-listed tips, apply them to your garden, and it’s bound to draw the attention of all your guests.
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