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Mediterranean garden – 11 ideas for garden design from Italy

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Mediterranean garden has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for garden design for centuries. Beautiful and practical, this style was strongly influenced by the history, culture and religion of the countries in the Mediterranean region. We have collected ten tips especially for you, with the help of which you can convey Italian romance to your garden.

1. Mediterranean garden – symmetry, geometry and repetition

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Perfectly proportioned and manicured green hedges line the avenue leading to the olive grove. The Italian villas are characterized by gardens of triangular and rectangular shapes. The repetitive shapes look aesthetic, harmonious and neat.

2. Mediterranean garden with stone elements

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Stone elements are typical of the Italian gardens: gravel path, backyard covered with stone tiles like square, fountains and sculptures. Many Mediterranean gardens are built on hills or carved into cliffs. The neutral natural colors are preferred for outdoors.

3. Pay attention to history

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Many ancient sculptures, fountains and decorations can be seen in the gardens of the Italian villas. Decorate your garden with old terracotta pots or have a small Roman-style fountain installed in the center of the garden.

4. Put evergreen plants

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This is what a typical villa in Tuscany looks like, surrounded by cypresses, box trees and juniper trees. You can also convey the Mediterranean look with smaller plants if you have a smaller garden. Put girl eyes, Artemisia or Woll-Ziest in the terracotta pots. You can also plant an olive tree in a pot.

5. Plant citrus trees

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In the Mediterranean region, the climate is perfect for the citrus plants. You can see citrus trees everywhere in Italy as well as in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the fruits of which are used in the household. You can also plant other plants such as figs or grapevines. Just going into the garden and eating fruit straight from the tree- that is part of the attraction of these gardens.

6. Design a seat in the Mediterranean style

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You can design a sitting area to relax and a seat to eat outside. A group of dining table and chairs is just under the sun and is suitable for breakfast as the sun’s rays are not so strong in the morning. The other is in a shady area under the pergola covered with climbing plants, where you can spend the hot days.

 7. Cook outside

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In the Mediterranean regions, people cook outside too. When you have enough space in the garden, build a summer kitchen and spend a lot of time outside like the Italians. You can build the work table out of stone or brick and paint it back in natural neutral colors.

8. Use the terrace

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The terrace is a central point of the Italian architectural style. Make the most of your terrace like the Italians. Shield them with grapevines and fragrant oleander plants.

9. Plants everywhere

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You can also put plants in the pots and use them to decorate your patio or door. Plants in pots are never too many. You can experiment with plants of different species and create your own personal mini garden.

10. High walls

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High walled gardens come from ancient Persia. They provide protection from bad weather conditions. For more shade in summer, structures such as arcades and colonnades are built in the gardens. The idea for this comes from the Romans.

11. Topiary for the Mediterranean garden

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Topiary is the art of giving trees and shrubs into geometric shapes. Boxwood, yew and sugar loaf spruce are perfect for this. Mediterranean trees such as laurel, cypress and privet can also be easily shaped with scissors.