Type Tender perennial (usually grown as annual) Blooms White, lavender, pink, orange or red blooms from spring to fall Light Full sun Size 5 to 24 in. In contrast to all other plants, cacti and succulents must be left dry for six to eight days after being transplanted to avoid the danger of root rot. by Caroline Harbouri We like the contrast of needle-like leaves with the other foliages in our garden and find conifers are very undemanding. Plus they come in a wide range of flower colors. W. caracasana) which suckers too much for a city garden), as well as delicate plants which we preferred to nurture, particularly small bulbs, cyclamen, auriculas and lewisias, and an assortment of bowls with succulents. Shaded seating areas. Once the heat of the summer is over I bring it forward again and it comes to life: as I write in November, it is covered in spikes of vermilion flowers. It came to me as a rooted cutting from Sparoza and is now taller than me. Calibrachoa’s trailing habit makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Use the opportunity to correct root damage and insect infestation. Each pot features a contemporary geometric design created by the contrast of smooth cement and yellow granite terrazzo. Once they become too large, their progeny are waiting in the wings. There is a multitude of plants which will grow successfully in pots, mostly the sub-tropicals like Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Chinese Hibiscus) from Asia and Brunfelsia pauciflora (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) from Brazil. Colorful Windowbox Plantings, It doesn’t get any easier than New Guinea impatiens… just plant them, keep them watered, and enjoy the show until frost finally zaps them. In this category are Cyclamen creticum which we see in the gorges in Crete, along with Cretan dittany (Origanum dictamnus), the horned poppy (Glaucium flavum), the little bearded iris, Iris pumila, and deliciously aromatic Satureja thymbra, summer savory, which brings back memories of the Greek light. lavender, purple, pink, red, orange and white from spring to frost Light Full sun to full shade Size 8 to 48 in. The astelia has flourished considering that it was bought in a tube from the Garden of St. Erth four years ago. To my eye there is nothing very farinaceous about ‘Victoria’ but the white-flowered plant has a floury look which makes me immediately understand its common name of Mealy Sage. Aloe melanacantha is recognisable by its deep green, broadly triangular and relatively thin leaveswith dark brown ‘black’ spines on the leaf margins and down the back ridge of each leaf. The genus Solanum, for example, doesn’t seem to meet the second criterion very adequately. Where woody stems are affected, wipe the stem with cotton wool soaked in alcohol. Aphids (including greenfly, whitefly and the fat orange aphids found e.g. If you have a shrub that has been for many years in a large pot and you don’t have the space to re-pot it into an even larger pot, you can remove the bottom third of its roots, e.g. Nov 26, 2016 - Explore Sean O'Hara's board "plants for mediterranean climate gardens", followed by 155 people on Pinterest. Remove spent flower stems to help promote more blooms, too. The set of two Corner Terrazzo Planters includes a matching pair of pots with a Mediterranean style. If you have no time to make your own, it is well worth using the best (and most expensive) potting mix. It is worth every drop, however, for its tall spikes of sky-blue and white flowers, much loved by bees, and its fresh green, rather mint-like, leaves. A pine up high, beneath the ornamental grapevine, began life as a bonsai many years ago (it has not been repotted since our previous garden and just manages to survive). I alter watering technique from one to another. If your pots are on a balcony or roof terrace avoid using terra rossa (the red clayish soil) since it is particularly heavy. Looking at our garden, I am aware of at least two plants which are thriving now but will require attention next year. A brief over-view of this small group of clustering plants might serve to encourage mediterranean gardeners to add these little treasures once more to their gardens, either as pot plants or as inhabitants of rocky places where there is some shelter from the full force of the summer sun at midday. Active Interest Media Holdco, Inc. © Copyright 2021. Peat is in any case an unsustainable product and should thus be avoided. All our plants are hardy to -5C, but in extreme weather the pots should be brought indoors or covered with fleece. In truth, I am not particularly fond of its spikes of flowers, produced in autumn, for they always look somehow anaemic to me (though I don’t go as far as to cut them off when they appear). I list them in no particular order. It also deters the blackbirds who can create havoc with my bulbs, cyclamens and delicate emerging shoots as they excavate for worms. Wipe under the rim with cotton wool soaked in alcohol at the beginning of spring and perhaps once again during the course of the summer. These are mostly stunning trees, can be grown in pots, and make great architectural features, they're the wow factor plants. A plant palate that is in tune with the environment's limitations helps to minimize water and maintenance needs. Diamond Frost® is the standard white. In the same way, I grew our enormous Furcraea foetida (syn. The old leaves turn papery and silvery as they age and dry out, while the leaf tips take on the appearance of being white-awned as they become dry. If they are healthy and there is no sign of any infestation of insects, plant again in a slightly larger pot without disturbing the existing soil. In Melbourne, I use Maxicrop or Seasol, not only as a food but as a tonic when plants are not doing too well. When looking for plants for pots, we are most influenced by foliage. While we still see some of the old stalwarts – cane begonias, Kentia palms, rough maidenhair ferns, sword ferns, hippeastrums, tiger lilies and oriental lilies, sprekelias and vallota lilies –, by and large the bulk of their favoured hardy pot plants are now scarcely known. There are also ranges from white, cream, orange to red to choose from. Here in Melbourne, they are prone to various attacks – by blackbirds, snails, slugs, caterpillars and mealybugs, to name a few culprits – and can be devastated by a hail storm or excessive rain in winter. We chose it for its weeping form so that it would not obscure the wall plaque above of a maiden with a thyrsus (a long fennel stalk topped by a pine cone, carried at ceremonies of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine), but it is now expanding – too rapidly – at the lower levels. Plant These Beauties for a Mediterranean Garden That’ll Thrive in the West. Every expert you ask and every book you read will have a different opinion. Aloe humilis is readily recognised by its silver-blue leaves, almost cylindrical in cross section, tapering narrowly at the apex and also slightly incurving. When repotting cacti and succulents remove the plant carefully from the old pot and check the state of the roots. A tiny form of this was available at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens’ “growing friends” nursery last January. Aloe pratensis is not so widely grown but is worth looking out for. I’m tempted to give the very tender climber S. wendlandii a try in a protected corner – if I can get hold of it – on the principle that if one climbing solanum does well, then another might too. To a gardener, all plants are stars. See more ideas about plants, climates, mediterranean. To help achieve good drainage, it is usual to place bits of broken flower-pot or pebbles at the bottom of the pot before adding soil and planting. pelargoniums need smaller quantities, annual climbers need more, etc). A mix for these plants may contain ready-made cactus soil, perlite, lava (fine), fine sand and generally materials that do not have sharp edges. The reason for this is that as the plant’s roots take up water, oxygen is drawn into the soil. But now there is Breathless™ Blush, above, with burgundy-speckled leaves and pale pink flowers. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White, blue, purple, pink or red late spring through frost Light Full sun Size 4 to 30 in. Liquid seaweed also appears to build up a plant’s resistance to excessive heat in summer and cold in winter – both common features in our city. Native to Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Drakensberg mountains, it is noteworthy for the papery white bracts that cover the densely packed emerging flower buds. Brugmansias (commonly sold as daturas: properly speaking, brugmansias have pendent trumpets and daturas up-turned ones) – wonderfully scented in the evening, Plumbago (sometimes burnt to the soil level by frost but usually comes back in spring). Pots. When the plant shows signs of growing in the spring it is time to start watering, but very slowly at first so as not to cause a shock which can cause rotting. Individual rosettes tend to be larger than those of the above-mentioned aloes and may attain an eventual diameter of 20-25cm. They grow slowly, tolerate the summer heat/winter wet and look good all year. Container gardening is an excellent way to grow Mediterranean plants in your garden. Its mid-winter flowers are red and borne in short spikes that are sometimes candelabra-like in mature plants. Only a masochist would try and steal it – or so we thought. auriculas and snowdrops (Galanthus) – a true indulgence, especially as the neighbourhood sparrows can be a real pest and nip off the flower-heads of the latter. C. cinerea) should be watered once every three weeks and then only very lightly. Generally speaking, the classic aromatic Mediterranean plants, like rosemary and lavender don’t do well or last long in pots, for they are adapted to dry conditions and thus like to send their woody roots down deep into the ground. An “ultra premium potting mix” has a number of additives including water-storing crystals, controlled-release fertiliser, etc. It acts as a mulch and also prevents the plant from becoming waterlogged or rotting. A dose of a balanced fertiliser (there are many on the market) given every ten days or so during the growing period from late spring to early autumn promotes good growth and flowering. Aloe krapohliana, hailing from the very arid mining region north-west of the Cape of Good Hope, is as attractive as it is poorly understood in cultivation. tall, 16 to 24 in. This is a self-cleaning plant, so the flowers drop off as they fade — you never need to deadhead! by Hereford Web Design, A terrace overflowing with plants in pots, Rome (Photo David Dickinson), Collection of plants in pots, Crete (Photo Rosemary Thomas), There are a multitude of different species of. These plants can become as addictive as succulents. The pebbles also stop the soil from being swept to the ground during watering. For additional reports and articles on this subject please check out the (non-responsive) MGS Archive. Since being repotted it has quadrupled in size. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. Tomah Botanic Garden in 1998), which graduated to a spot on our front wall where it could no longer harm us as we moved through the front courtyard. With Lithops, in my opinion it is always preferable to spray rather than water. From memory, it was a type of Pinus mugo. David, my husband, salvaged concrete bricks from building sites to build rising platforms which were capped with old slate hearth stones, rendered and painted Venetian pink. It benefits from a weekly dose of water-soluble fertilizer. Propagation as for Aloe aristata. Container plants only have access to the nutrients supplied in the mix and in subsequent feeding programmes, so if the mix is poor this will be reflected in the plant’s appearance. The flower spikes, large in comparison with the size of the plant, are densely packed with dusky red flowers. Cypress trees. As an added bonus, pots look fabulous when they are used as a focal point. The exception is dormant plants which are placed on shelves behind the scenes or on the balconies. In her book Gardening in a Hot Climate (Lothian Books, 1996), Julie Lake states: “If it can be grown in the ground, it can be grown in the pot!” I completely agree with her, with the one reservation that, eventually, some plants will get too large and will have to be dealt with drastically or given to a new home. The best course of action is to make your own mix which you know will not hold water and moisture for longer than two days. Why do we have a pot garden? Also many kitchen herbs: mint, chives, parsley, chilli etc. Deadhead the spent flowers for a tidy plant and more blooms. By contrast, the salvias that I grow have all delighted me. It is important to water each pot thoroughly and always to water before a 40-degree day, not a rescue mission afterwards. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. Endangered by changing land use and increasing population density, this species deserves a wider appreciation among gardeners in summer-dry climate regions of the world. All photographs in this section by Stavros Apostolou. Most people’s reaction to pot culture is that it must be much harder work and more difficult to water than a conventional garden. If the pot is too big, there is a large volume of soil from which water is not taken by the roots and which thus remains deprived of oxygen and stagnant or even waterlogged, causing the plant to do badly or die. You can also overwinter cannas indoors, then bring them outside the next spring. To my haphazard way of thinking about things, it seems handy to progress from the most frequently found to the more infrequently seen species. (Of course, if they’re in containers on your deck, you may have to sweep up fallen petals.). We were influenced by the pot gardens we see in Greece, whether in Crete, Corfu, Parga or Delphi where pots are often arranged on different levels, filling flights of steps, ledges on walls and windowsills. This treatment does not solve the problem completely but keeps it under control. tall, 8 to 20 in. Although they’ll perk back up as soon as they get more moisture, getting too dry too often will stress them, causing fewer flowers and sparse foliage. Nature cannot be replicated however when they are cultivated in pots, indeed the plants become more sensitive and vulnerable to adverse conditions and diseases, so the gardener must be extra careful and observant. You can cut back almost all shrubby plants for a better shape or to reduce their height (but – if you grow them – avoid cutting into the old wood of lavenders and rosemary, which tends to cause die-back). If all is not well then carefully remove all the soil from the roots, cut off all dead and rotting roots and, if necessary, spray with an insecticide and leave to dry for a day or two. Any petunia gives you lots of bang for your buck. This is the exception, in that I grow it not on my roof but in my diminutive courtyard at ground level, which means that it is in a terracotta pot. We had many years of enjoyment from this dianella with its variegated strappy foliage all year round, more important than the flowers and berries which are less prolific than on the normal form. Its beautiful leaves make it interesting enough … The Mediterranean climate is so agreeable that seating areas are essential. …they kept potted plants at the back doorstep, and perhaps on the front veranda too. Rivalling the olive as a Mediterranean icon, cypresses are striking evergreens that … Plant List for a Mediterranean Garden: 1. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Leaves in shades of green, yellow, orange, red, pink and black, many with fancy markings; insignificant blue or white flowers all summer and fall Light Full sun to full shade Size 6 to 48 in. We are The Cretan Pot Shop and we specialise in beautiful and unique ceramics that epitomise Mediterranean and Greek culture.. Colors hold best in afternoon shade, but they tolerate full sun, too. She grew it from seed acquired from Scotland and it is a particularly strong form. Salvia leucantha Pots of bamboo make excellent additions to the Mediterranean garden too. If you like baby’s breath as a filler in your bouquets, you’ll love this annual euphorbia in your mixed containers. I wouldn’t be without it. Aloe variegata, the partridge-breasted aloe or triangular aloe, is instantly recognisable by its characteristic triple file of thick upright leaves. There are 648 mediterranean pots for sale on Etsy, and they cost $28.79 on average. Watering by hand has the advantage that you can assess each plant’s needs individually, day by day. tall, 18 to 72 in. The closely-packed leaves can be susceptible to rot induced by winter rains standing too long in the crown of the plant. Rules of watering cacti and succulents: Repotting container-grown cacti and succulents A plant I admired on the same Adelaide trip was another tropical plant, the red-flowered Iochroma (I. coccineum) which Ruth Irving proudly pointed out at Al-Ru farm. I thus take care to tuck it well under the shade of larger plants in July and August, and make sure that it has a saucer beneath its pot to keep it damp. Add a taste of the Med to your garden, and make the summer holidays last all year round. In bad cases, cut off and destroy affected shoots and/or spray with a soap or washing-up liquid solution to which a few drops of pharmaceutical alcohol are added. Salvia elegans A layer of small gravel or pebbles over the surface of the potting soil looks attractive and offers an extra degree of drainage around the rot-sensitive crown where the thick succulent roots join the rosettes of succulent leaves. Resistant to the elements, these heavy cement outdoor planters remain firmly in place for adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. On busy days this job can be done at night (with our outdoor lighting) – a pleasant chore in very hot weather. by simply sawing through them, and then put the plant back into its original pot with some fresh soil at the bottom. I grow side by side both S. farinacea ‘Victoria’, with purple flowers, and a (name unknown) white-flowered cultivar. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils. Of course there are always exceptions such as Astrophytum, Ariocarpus, Copiapoa, Aztekium, Lophophora and generally the more susceptible cacti which need less water than other plants and should be watered only every 15 days or even less frequently. I’ve left this one till last for it is my favourite. by Caroline Davies, extracted from TMG No. Again, winter flowering is the norm and the tubular and somewhat campanulate flowers are also red; flowering occurs when plants are mature, around 5-7 years from seedling stage. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White, pink or red flowers late spring through fall Light Full sun Size 10 to 24 in. David’s verdict was always that it was far too large for our modest courtyard. Salvia × jamensis Rules for repotting cacti and succulents: Choosing a soil mix for potting cacti and succulents is quite complicated. In this category are the species cyclamen in smaller pots, with intricate variations in their foliage and free-flowering character. Its flowering season in spring is fairly short, but for the rest of the year, cut back a little, it makes a neat, quiet, grey-green mound that always looks good. This is a huge success. Most New Guinea impatiens are self-cleaning, meaning they drop their spent blooms without any deadheading from you. The numerous pinkish-red flowers may still be opening atop the stem when the lower, fertilised flowers develop mature fruits. In their natural habitat they develop deep woody roots in order to survive the summer drought and do not need or want water. The Phormium cultivar ‘Yellow Wave’ was a quarter of its size when we placed it in an ancient stone trough a few years ago. Children visiting our garden brought faded, worn sea-shells to add a fairy garden to the display. Check plants for aphids and scale insect before you buy them. Salvia farinacea Probably considered rare by succulent collectors, it is nonetheless becoming readily available and very affordable thanks to the conservation efforts of captive breeders in South Africa. In their natural environment cacti and succulents are adapted to resist long periods of drought and can find enough moisture from a single rainfall or even from the humidity in the air to maintain life, grow, flourish and multiply. I can see that this winter I am going to have to do some detective work to try to put names to them. As soon as they find a starflower, they'll flock to it. Gardeners everywhere endeavour to find ways to continue their contact with the green and living world, even as climate change brings about altered conditions that impose new boundaries and the prospect of growing fewer of the plants we enjoy brings its own feelings of loss and sadness. Container Plants You Don't Have to Deadhead Occasionally snip the tips of the stems back a couple of inches to keep the vine under control. Acid-loving plants like gardenias and camellias need special, more acidic, soil (in Greece this is the kind called. However, if they have made a nest in the soil of a pot (a tell-tale sign is little piles of finely-sifted soil around its base) they tend to disturb the plant’s roots, thus re-pot it, getting rid of the white ant eggs and ants. SMOKETREE (Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’) 5. If possible move the pots further apart in winter to allow air to circulate between them. For them container gardening offers plenty of scope and pleasure. However this may be, the solitary rosettes of narrow, thin, incurving green leaves are densely covered with fine white teeth and bristles along the leaf margins and on the leaf surfaces. A pink-flowered cultivar, seen last year in Cyprus, was a curiosity that didn’t tempt me. Plant up with fresh soil but do not water. If you already have a very sunny, south-facing site and a free-draining soil that … Avoid pots with rounded sides, i.e. No aloes like living in deep shade but many of the smaller kinds such as these grow in the shelter of sparse thorny bushes and dead winter grasses. It disappeared on New Year’s Eve (during the day) when David and I were walking in Sherbrooke Forest! 43 January 2006. I grow it mainly for its beautiful, large dark green leaves which have a wonderful crinkled texture and make a good contrast with the foliage of other plants around it. S. guaranitica) Even those of us with gardens will usually have some potted plants – things a bit tender perhaps which need to be moved to a protected place in the winter, or rather special plants which we are afraid might get lost in the beds. Some flower in winter/spring, others in autumn, and most need a dry dormant period, so they can be hidden away, protected from the hottest sun. 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