Decorating With Pots: Mediterranean Style

Private courtyards, framed views, terra-cotta tiles, olive oil jars, exotic leaves, and heady scents are hallmarks of the Mediterranean garden. A few drought-tolerant plants, some pelargoniums, herbs, and a lemon tree complete the look.

Empty Planters Adds Decorative Touch to Garden

Empty Planters Adds Decorative Touch to Garden

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When containers look as good as these, forget about planting them, although you could insert a pot in the top and let a climbing nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) or small-leaved ivy (Hedera) spiral out and down. When arranging pots to give antiquity and impact, opt for echoing shapes that build up in height, and either give them a prominent position or half conceal them among arching ferns.

Mediterranean Container Garden

Mediterranean Container Garden

2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Colored tiles and a few old chunky pots give this collection of traditional herbs—mint (Mentha), fennel (Foeniculum) and parsley (Petroselinum)—a strong Mediterranean feel. Keep nipping back the herbs (not the fennel) for kitchen use and they will put out extra, bushier growth. Other essential herbs for the cook’s garden include chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), basil (Ocimum basilicum), oregano (Origanum vulgare) and tarragon (Artemisia abrotanum).

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