The peace and beauty of the Mediterranean landscape brings visitors from all around the planet. Countries along this stunning body of water have a captivated the world with exquisite cultures, cuisines, and ancient history. Travelling to this area of the world isn’t the easiest option right now, but why not bring a hint of the Med into your own garden? Whilst you can’t change the weather, you can replicate the breathtaking décor of the Croatian or Greek coasts. Read on for some ideas on how to accomplish this look.
Picking the right flowers and plants for a Mediterranean garden is important. A fir or conifer just isn’t going to look right in this scenario. If you’re living somewhere that can get quite warm, pick plants that are resistant to low rainfall and place them in areas that get almost constant sunlight. Rock roses and fig trees are fantastic choices. A fig will also present your garden with that iconic scent, reminiscent of warm evenings in the south of Spain. Speaking of smells, plant a selection of herbs such as oregano and thyme, especially nearby seating areas. You might end up making your guests hungry though, so be prepared with some Mediterranean recipes!
Suitable Seating Area
Creating an area that not only looks authentic but is also usable no matter the weather is very important. There’s not much point in creating a nice garden if you’re going to be unable to sit out and enjoy it whenever you want to. It’s important to find a good balance between being sheltered and being outside though. Consider a bespoke veranda from Nationwide LTD. These glass-roofed structures help you to retain the feel of being outside in the fresh air, whilst providing cover from the rain, without obscuring natural light. To see if one of these beautiful structures will suit your garden, you can learn more here.
Go for the simple look for your tables and chairs with older, weathered materials. Shiny “new” furniture just isn’t going to suit your stony, rustic surroundings. Of course, it’s your choice, and plenty of Mediterranean homeowners buy brand new furniture, but if you want to go for a truly authentic feel, find some reclaimed wood and metal seating.
Make Use Of Water
A pond or water feature is a great idea too. Running water from a small waterfall, or the splash of a fountain will add the feel of a Moroccan bazaar. You can incorporate a small fountain or water feature into stone slab floors and if you’re feeling adventurous, add a tiled mosaic feature wall to draw the eye.
Grass isn’t overly common in the Mediterranean. It tends to be far too warm for a healthy green lawn to thrive, so stick to gravel pathways and stone patios for that genuine look. Your plant life will compensate for the lack of green grass, and you’ll have even more options for laying out a pathway around your exotic plant beds. As well as stone paths and depending on the verticality of your garden, look at adding some rustic stone walls and steps to mirror the appearance of the Italian Riviera.