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Mediterranean garden design: 10 perfect plants for a Mediterranean-themed garden

If you’re looking to spruce up your garden this summer and add a touch of glamour, then have you considered planting a Mediterranean-themed garden? Creating a Mediterranean garden is not as daunting a prospect as you might at first think. In fact designing a Mediterranean-themed garden is actually quite simple. All you need are bright, clean contemporary lines, and luscious drought- tolerant Mediterranean plants in terracotta containers and well-drained soil.

Ladybrook Nursery has over 80 years’ combined experience in sourcing and supplying wholesale plant supplies for landscape garden designs. In our time we have supplied architects, garden designers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, local authorities, house builders and landowners with plants for major Mediterranean-themed garden projects.

What’s the appeal of a Mediterranean-themed garden?

The true appeal of the Mediterranean garden is that it’s the type of garden we can all have. You don’t need to have an extensive plot to do justice to a Mediterranean garden: it even works on the smallest scale. If your space is limited, you can still easily create a Mediterranean garden using unglazed terracotta pots filled with fragrant Mediterranean delights like lavender, rosemary and thyme.

You can create a Mediterranean garden wherever you live combining bright colours and hot hues from flowers like Coreopsis, Blanket flowers, Sedum and Sunflower with contrasting plants in shades of blue along with silver-grey foliage plants like Artemisia, Catmint, Blue fescue, Mexican-bush sage and Lamb’s ear. Mix in a variety of fragrant herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme, and add Olive and citrus trees and you’ll be on your way to creating the perfect Mediterranean garden. 

Ladybrook Nursery’s Top 10 plants for the Mediterranean garden

Olive Trees

If you want your garden to have the true authentic Mediterranean-feel, then you could try planting an olive tree. Olive Trees are frost-hardy, prefer well-draining soil and they do well in large pots or containers. However, if you want to sample and harvest your own olives you may have to wait a while or pay a premium for a mature specimen, as olive trees can take up to 100 years to fully mature.

Chamaerops Humilis Palms

Chamaerops Humilis Palms, also known as the Mediterranean Fan Palm, are extremely hardy plants suitable for growing in the UK. These beautiful plants come in a variety of colours, leaf-styles and sizes. Whichever type you choose, these palms are tough, low maintenance and when established can withstand any degree of drought or wind.

Trachycarpus Fortunei Palms

This spectacular palm is commonly known as the Chusan Palm, or the Chinese Windmill Palm. Spectacular architectural plants dominate the Mediterranean garden, making this remarkable fan- shaped leaved palm tree the ideal choice. Flowering from May to August, this plant is fully hardy and likes a position of sun or partial shade.

Cypress Trees

The cypress tree is a magnificent tree, and is ubiquitous in the Mediterranean landscape, even though it actually originates from Persia. It is a deciduous tree that can survive for up to 2,000 years or more.

Bay Leaf

Bay leaf plants are a very attractive Mediterranean shrub that can be easily pruned into topiary shapes. Their dark green leaves are fragrant and perfect for infusing the garden with an aromatic scent. As bay is a slow growing plant, it’s ideal for containers.

Trachelospernum Jasminoides (Evergreen Jasmine)

This particular stunning evergreen Jasmine climber is the variety that is used in perfume manufacture. Frequently found growing wild in the glorious South of France, the jasmine’s impressive foliage will fill your garden with the heady scent of the continent.

Agapanthus Africanus

The Agapanthus is a striking plant that is both bold and architectural, and requires very little maintenance. It has become very popular in recent years. The agapanthus also makes a fantastic specimen plant for pots.

Pine Nut Trees (Stone Pine)

This tall spreading coniferous tree has needle-like, soft leaves and produces brown cones which contain edible and delicious Pine Nuts.

Linustrum Trees (Italian Privet)

The Ligustrum Lollipop is a very popular choice for adding architectural finesse to any garden, particularly if you’re searching for a contemporary Mediterranean look. Small white daisy-sized flowers appear in the summer months. Topiary plants, contrary to popular myth, are actually easy to maintain and only require trimming a couple of times per year.

Butia Capitata Palm Trees

The Butia Capitata is one of the most popular palms in the world, principally because of its graceful appearance, frost-hardiness and bright yellow fruit. These palms are excellent in both pots and well- draining soil. On hot days the plant’s silver-blue colour is beautiful, and will cheer up any patio or roof terrace.

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