How to Design a Mediterranean Style Garden

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How to Design a Mediterranean Style Garden
It's possible to create a Mediterranean-style garden at home. (Fountain in garden. Garden design image by L. Shat from

Mediterranean motifs include both Greek and Italian designs. To create a Mediterranean-style garden, you will need to blend plants, furniture and accessories from both cultures. Turning your garden into a themed oasis creates a comfortable environment for outdoor gatherings or for simply relaxing on a sunny afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Grapevine
  • Juniper trees
  • Italian herbs
  • Statue
  • Stone bench

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  1. 1

    Select an open area adjacent to your home to begin your garden. While a hillside may work, a flat parcel of land works best. Also, be sure the space you select is free from existing trees and shrubs, so that the theme of your garden is not interrupted.

  2. 2

    Create a rectangle around your garden space using potted Juniper plants. At the opening of the trees, place a stone bench so that the shape of the trees and the bench form a 'U' shape. Opposite the stone bench, place the Greek statue at the opening of the Juniper trees. Now you have created an enclosed garden space for your accessories and herbs.

  3. 3

    Remove your potted trees from their pots and plant them into the soil, maintaining the rows you created. Between each tree, plant assorted Italian herbs such as basil, rosemary and oregano. If you have garden accessories, you can place them along the rows of trees as well. Your Mediterranean garden can always be expanded by adjusting the statue or stone bench.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut the grass in between your Juniper trees regularly to create a vista. A vista is an inviting walking path in your garden.

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