Mediterranean garden


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Dark-green cypress trees against a bright blue sky, the spicy scent of pine trees and the sound of cicadas - this is the dream of the sunny south. Those who would like to fulfill this dream not only for the short time during a vacation in Italy, Spain or southern France, should design their own garden after the model of Mediterranean plants. With potted plants such as oleander, pomegranate and olive tree you can give your garden or terrace Mediterranean flair. Depending on the selection of plants and materials, you can give the garden a very special style, for example Moorish-Andalusian, Italian or Southern French.

Container plants for the Mediterranean garden

At the latest, when in mid-May, after the ice saint, our Mediterranean potted plants are finally allowed out of the winter quarters, the sunny south will be on the terrace or in the garden. Oleander, lantana, citrus trees or olive trunks quickly turn the favorite corner into a holiday paradise. Everything the southern beauties need, is a full sun, if possible protected on the wall or in front of a hedge. Large terracotta pots provide sufficient root space and facilitate casting.

Mediterranean tub plants

Oleander and olive trees in a terracotta pot give the seat a Mediterranean ambience

Mediterranean herbs

While the months of flowering potted plants leave the garden stage in autumn, typical Mediterranean herbs such as thyme, sage or oregano can be left outside all year round. On the terrace they delight us in pots or in the raised bed, in the garden they feel well in a sunny place, for example, in front of a low wall. In your Mediterranean herbal bed, make sure you have well-drained soil and cover the earth with light gray gravel or limestone gravel - this looks stylish and also suppresses the weeds.

Perennials for the Mediterranean garden

In the flower beds typical "southerners" provide the right flair - while sunny-warm flower colors of torch lily, nasturtium, daylily or yarrow go perfectly with silver-gray leaves of woolen zest, curry herb, noble thistle or noble rue. Lavender is indispensable in pots, as a bedding plant or as a border. The real lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is hardy in our latitudes. The right cut promises lush flowers and compact habit: in the spring you cut the so-called half-shrub by two-thirds (do not cut too deeply into the woody area), in late summer you cut back by a third. Trendy are the kälteempfindlicheren relatives of the real lavender such as lavender lavender (Lavandula stoechas) or tooth-lavender (Lavandula dentata), which also flourish easily in pots.

Rockrose

The cistus (Cistus) is not as well known as the oleander, but it inspires in early summer with beautiful flowers. She likes it hot and sometimes tolerates dryness. In mild areas you can plant them in the garden when winter wetness is avoided

Woods for the Mediterranean garden

In the Mediterranean bed, loose, nutrient-poor soils guarantee reliable growth and rich flowering. In Tuscany, stately olive trees and narrow cypress trees dominate the landscape - in your own garden, this picture can be imitated with appropriate hardy woody plants. Silver-gray leaves bear willow-leaved pear and oil pasture, with a columnar growth habit, for example, of juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'Sky-rocket'). Exotic species such as the winter-hardy Mediterranean viburnum (Viburnum tinus) or the hardy garden hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) in some parts of the country are responsible for the blossoms. Even a seat under palm trees is possible: The Chinese hemp palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), which tolerates frost and requires only seven degrees from winter to winter, is regarded as robust.

accessories

Water plays a big role in the Mediterranean garden. A wall fountain, a small water feature on the terrace or a formal pool liven up the garden in a special way. And it may also be colorful: wall paintings in blue or orange, mosaics in bright colors and pots in sun yellow or fuchsia red alternate. Accessories brought along from the previous holidays, such as a wall mosaic, a hand-painted herb pot or a Tuscan lantern make the holiday oasis perfect. Otherwise, you can keep it like the southerners - a bit Laisser faire may already be: herbs and perennials can sow in joints and a patina of wells or vessels is quite desirable.

Wall mediterranean

The colors of walls, screens or walls are often dominated by earthy tones such as ocher or terracotta

Moorish-Andalusian garden

Characteristic of the Moorish-Andalusian garden is its formal design with straight paths and beets bordered by boxwood.A rectangular or round pool of water with bubbling fountains or planted with water lilies should not be missed. The Moorish garden, which has its origins in the Orient, is a garden for all the senses. Here you will find perennials and summer flowers with rich colors, shrubs with fragrant flowers and trees with delicious fruits. Orange lilies (Lilium hybrids), purple Dalmatian iris (Iris pallida) and pink jewelery baskets (Cosmos bipinnatus) are particularly effective. Shrub roses such as the varieties 'Snow White' or 'Constanze Spry' and the pipe shrub (Philadelphus) envelop the garden with its seductive fragrance. Fig tree and peach produce enticing sweet fruits. Both trees should, as they are sensitive to frost, be planted in a full sun and sheltered location. Unfortunately, the slender cypress and the umbrella-shaped pine, two typical trees in Italian gardens, do not grow in the native garden. Instead, one can plant columnar yew trees (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata') or Leyland cypresses (Cupressocyparis leylandii) as well as black pines (Pinus nigra) whose crowns have been raised umbrella-like.

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