garden designThe rich look of a Mediterranean garden is appealing for many gardeners, as it gives an opportunity to grow fragrant plants and add a sophisticated feel to their landscaping. Usually, Mediterranean-style gardens can look as though they have been grown and maintained for centuries, even when they are only a few years old. You can design a Mediterranean garden for your home with a little careful planning.

1.    Use a tape measure to determine the actual size of the yard area that you want to convert to Mediterranean garden. Sketch out the measured yard or patio area on a sheet of regular paper or graph paper using the measurements as your guide.

2.    Sketch into your design any existing outdoor items that are stationary, like the side of your house, large trees, brick or concrete walkways, and fences. Measure these items if needed to make a more accurate design.

3.    Consider whether or not you want to add any more stationary items into your designs, like a statuary, fountain or bench, along with large pots for growing dwarf trees or large plants. Mediterranean gardens tend to draw upon simplicity while still being regal and elegant, so a single, large dramatic fountain can be better than a few small fountains. Draw these items onto your sketch.

4.    Add to your drawing any Mediterranean-style flagstone pathways you may want to add for interest and convenience. These paths usually form symmetrical patterns along your yard and leave spaces for herb gardens and hedges. Let the layout of stones within the pathways make interesting patterns as much as the path itself.

5.    Select the kinds of plants you want for your garden and add them in. Trees usually include cypress, lilac, olive trees, and dwarf trees that can create shaded seating areas or run in a straight line planted evenly apart. Hedges can be azaleas, rosemary or bush lavender that define borders using soft edges planted in straight lines or used to create know gardens.

6.    Draw into your design climbing plants like wisteria, grapes or roses for growing along a trellis or fence in the background or as a partition. Plan to grow in pots or in the ground flowing plants like salvia, poppies and irises, along with culinary herbs like mint, oregano, and basil. Keep plantings organized uniformly in your design, instead of clumped together to avoid the cottage garden look.

7.    Use your design as a guide when buying the supplies and plants you will need, as well as for planting reference. Keep the theme of the Mediterranean in mind as you make your final selections and purchases, and select items that are light in color or terra cotta. Fill in bare spaces without crowding the whole garden area.

It is very possible to design and create a Mediterranean garden on your own, and it can be very fulfilling. However, it can give you a share of frustrations, especially when you have limited knowledge with gardening and landscaping. In this case, consider hiring a professional in landscape design Los Altos to spare you the added effort.

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