Incorporating Mediterranean Style Back Home

If your mind's still on vacation but your body's back home, consider incorporating Mediterranean style into your garden. Any outdoor space can reflect the Mediterranean vibe, from large, sheltered plots to colorful, decorative courtyards.

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Many species have adapted to drought with fine, silver, or fleshy foliage. Rosemary and lavender are typical, with Euphorbia, Agave (image 1), Yucca, Bergenia and Genista providing suitable associations.

The Mediterranean is famous for the terra-cotta pots used in gardens, as focal points or as planted containers (image 2). Old olive oil pots make sculptural features. Aim for larger- sized pots where possible.

Floor surfaces in courtyards or on roof terraces are created from tiny, colored mosaic tiles laid out in intricate patterns (image 3). Glazed and brightly colored tiles are also often used to decorate walls and grottoes.

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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