Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waterwise landscape: Mediterranean garden design

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Looking for plants that don't use much water? Those that originated in the Mediterranean region are ideal for a low-water landscape.

Traditional Mediterranean plants such as olives, lavender and other herbs, and Italian cypress mix with other boldly colored garden plants to create the feeling of warmth in Tuscan gardens.

If you're interested in creating a Mediterranean-inspired garden, here are some traditional plants to choose from, as well as some other waterwise plants that harmonize well with this style.

Mediterranean herbs for fragrance, color

Lavender, wormwood (Artemisia), sage, lavender cotton (Santolina), rosemary, oregano, and thyme all make excellent additions to a Tuscan-style garden. Because their foliage releases scent when they are brushed against, they can make an excellent planting for along a pathway or near a seating area.

The grayish-green foliage of many of these herbs harmonizes well with olive trees, and the cool purple-blue tones of many of the flowers contrasts nicely with the warm hues used in so many Tuscan garden designs.


1 comment:

Person in need of some garden design in birmingham said...

what a lovely garden design, do you know if the garden designer can design a Japanese style garden for me. I when to Japan about 3 weeks ago and the gardens are like you have gone to heaven. I would love to have a garden in the same style and the central parks in Tokyo.