Building a Mediterranean Paradise
Updated: Sep 8
A Mediterranean landscape design is known for its lively, and vibrant style that invokes nostalgic feelings of feel-good family traditions. After all, nothing compares to stepping out onto your backyard, and taking a deep breath of the crisp, clean air the plants you have given a home create, as your skin gets kissed by the summer sun.
Achieving this landscape atmosphere doesn't come easy, and it takes a bit of research for you to accomplish. The landscape design of your home should be cohesive with the architecture of your home, amplifying its beauty whether it chooses a type of classic, contemporary modern, old or traditional style.
A starting point to figuring out which design direction best suits you, is by thinking about how you’ll want to utilize your space and if it flows with what is happening inside of your home as well. For example, does the color palette and décor on the inside of your home consist of neutral tones because it is the space you want to use for relaxation and in contrast, you want your backyard to be a place of excitement, so you fill it with colorful plants, tiles and décor. No matter the reasons you have in mind for the spaces in your home, there should always be a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Once you have established the design direction and the purpose/feelings you want your space to evoke, you can start thinking about other elements such as, what plants to plant in the garden. In many Mediterranean gardens, you will find flowers and plants such as mature olive and mulberry trees, pansies, daffodils and hyacinths flowers, just to name a few. You may also find vibrant hibiscus or purple bougainvillea to line your walls.
After the plants have been chosen, consider what the best way to display them will be. Will you pot them or simply plant them in your soil? Regardless of the display you choose, it’s wise to connect every plant to a drip irrigation system, in order to ensure they are getting the amount of water needed for your area's climate.
Lastly, the architectural elements and décor you choose to introduce to your backyard will also play a part in the harmony of your spaces. Some popular Mediterranean pieces are fountains, reflecting mosaic pools, terracotta pots, stone or tile accent walls and the list goes on.
In order for you to achieve the desired design for your home, consider asking an industry expert for help, preferably one that has been with you throughout your entire architectural and landscape journey. And, as always, if you need help with your design, please give us a call!