How to Garden With Mediterranean Plants

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Mediterranean plants can make a wonderful addition to any home garden. Learn how to garden with Mediterranean plants with help from a professional garden designer and landscape contractor in this free video clip.

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Hello, it's Jane Gates from Gates and Croft Horticultural Design talking about how to garden with Mediterranean plants. We could write a book on how to garden with Mediterranean plants. In fact, I think there are quite a few of them that have been written but here's some information that should be really helpful to you. There are some great plants that you can grow. Some of them are truly Mediterranean plants. Some of them do great in a Mediterranean plant landscape but in fact, are from other countries. Some Mediterranean plants that are wonderful to use in a garden are oh, Salvias and certainly Rosemary, Lavenders. Rosemary and Lavender are really cool to grow in your garden especially if you have pets because if they run through them, they come back in the house smelling just delightful. There are plenty of other Mediterranean plants that do well. Fennel is one and there's a new cultivar out that has a bronze color to it, real pretty. Then there are plenty of plants that you can use that give the same effects, things like the New Zealand Flax, the Phormium with beautiful variegated color in the foliage. There are all kinds of ornamental grasses. There are so many wonderful plants that could be used to create a Mediterranean design. What you do what to do is find plants that are drought tolerant and that like the sunshine because for the most part the feel that you want to get when you create a Mediterranean garden is that balmy sunny kind of, the kind of life you'd be having if you were basking in the sun in Greece or in Italy or in Spain. These are plants that get plenty of hot sun in the Summer and very little water and tend to have cooler slightly more moist Winters. Some of them can take more cold than others so you want to do a little research as to what's going to work best in your area. Use a group of these plants together in an area where you don't get a lot of rain in the Summertime and where it stays real hot and you're going to just love the Mediterranean landscape.

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