Climbers scrambling freely over walls, dappled shade from vine-clad rustic pergolas, and terracotta pots filled with zingy flowers all contribute to the mood. But to keep it tidy, shorten a few stems back a few inches every now and then to make a denser plant. 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. 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. I can see that this winter I am going to have to do some detective work to try to put names to them. C. cinerea) should be watered once every three weeks and then only very lightly. Most of these rhododendrons grow as epiphytes in their native habitats, which means that root confinement in a container is no problem at all. Components of the soil mix can be: sand, perlite, a little leaf mould, a little peat, red soil, pumice stone, broken shells, cuttlefish bones, various Japanese soils such as Akadama, Kanuma, Kiryu and many others. A Mediterranean garden will always smell as good as it looks. A similar mix can be used for Lithops, Conophytum and Pleiospilos but with sand as well as perlite. But in a larger combo it's a good supporting player, too. A Gallery of varieties and cultivars of Salvia, many of which would be suited to growing in pots, can be found here. Most New Guinea impatiens are self-cleaning, meaning they drop their spent blooms without any deadheading from you. 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. Rivalling the olive as a Mediterranean icon, cypresses are striking evergreens that … Its mid-winter flowers are red and borne in short spikes that are sometimes candelabra-like in mature plants. In this category are the species cyclamen in smaller pots, with intricate variations in their foliage and free-flowering character. Many cacti must stay completely dry during the winter. This seems to work up to a point. Plant growing too tall at the end of the summer? If you have saucers under your pots, remove them in autumn/winter so that the plant doesn’t sit around in water after rain. We grow plants in pots because we believe the opposite. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. 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. Tall and slender, Italian cypress trees, also known as Mediterranean cypress, are often planted to stand as sentinels before a country home or estate. Some I use as a dramatic feature, such as Senecio jacobsenii, which spills out of a mosaic wall planter and turns a rich dark red, picking up this colour in the mosaic work. Also many kitchen herbs: mint, chives, parsley, chilli etc. It is a wonderfully handsome plant, the very prince of salvias, with pale undersides to its matt green leaves, white stems and fine black flowers in pale jade-green calyces. Where space is limited on a terrace, climbers are a great solution, grown on wires or trellises: Don’t forget annual climbers, easy to grow from seed. In shade you can grow various ferns and fuchsias. In their natural habitat, plants in the genus Copiapoa have adjusted to getting the water they need from mist and the morning dew. 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. Soil and situation. These are the best container plants. In the wild many are found on gently sloping hillside habitats growing among rocks and gravels, or in sandy tracts. 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. They're known for clean foliage and prolific blooms, too. You can repeat this treatment every two or three years. 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. 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. Alan Titchmarsh's tips on creating a Mediterranean garden CONJURE up a magical Mediterranean look with terracotta pots and olive trees, says Alan. Sterilise pots that you are going to re-use with boiling water, including under the rims. See more ideas about plants, climates, mediterranean. Scale insects, both the kind with a hard shell and the soft white squishy ones: pick them off by hand and destroy. Bougainvillea with its bright pink blooms will transport you to the Riviera. The reason for this is that as the plant’s roots take up water, oxygen is drawn into the soil. Wormwood. Avoid spraying the foliage of oleanders with water in summer as this tends to cause galls on their stems and branches. I brought my S. discolor down from my roof terrace last year to over-winter it in the more sheltered conditions of the courtyard. There are also ranges from white, cream, orange to red to choose from. I’ve never grown this salvia in the ground – in a pot it likes a lot of water (to be expected, since it is commonly called the Bog Sage). Indeed, plants fed too well and watered will grow uncharacteristically lush and soft, losing their attractive compact forms and colourings, and running the risk of rotting. It acts as a mulch and also prevents the plant from becoming waterlogged or rotting. To my haphazard way of thinking about things, it seems handy to progress from the most frequently found to the more infrequently seen species. 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. by Caroline Harbouri Every expert you ask and every book you read will have a different opinion. Garden writer Sarah Guest started this process when she gave us our first stem cutting years ago, just as the handful of houseleeks she gave us even earlier initiated our quest for succulents. For the last five years, since leaving my old garden, I’ve been experimenting to find out which plants I can grow most successfully in pots in the hot and sunny conditions of a roof terrace in central Athens. by Caroline Harbouri, extracted from TMG No. On busy days this job can be done at night (with our outdoor lighting) – a pleasant chore in very hot weather. It came to me as a rooted cutting from Sparoza and is now taller than me. The easiest vireya of all for us is ‘Coral Flare’, as it is low-growing, not too heavy to move from sun to shade, from one season to another, and it always appears to have a flower or two. 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. The astelia has flourished considering that it was bought in a tube from the Garden of St. Erth four years ago. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11. Some Salvias Grown in Pots The most popular color? Want to attract butterflies to your garden? Perfect for creating a lush, tropical look, canna offers large leaves (variegated in many varieties) and glowing flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. It is a mountain in the Schwangau region of Bavaria so maybe the name is a reference to this ‘family-friendly’ (according to the local tourism association) recreation site. Aloe aristata forms an open rosette of dark green leaves with white spotting on all the leaf surfaces and small bristles along the leaf margins, hence its common name of Lace Aloe. The restriction of a pot prevents the plant from making its deep roots. On hot summer days, there's nothing better than sitting, or strolling in the … One year we returned from Europe to a massive Ferula communis (giant fennel) in flower to welcome us home, having seen fields of it in Greece and Italy in preceding months. Mediterranean containers. Type Tender perennial, grown as annual Blooms Flowers in shades of blue, violet, white, yellow, red, orange, peach, bronze or pink from spring through fall Light Full sun to part shade Size 6 to 10 in. It’s a thirsty plant which rapidly spreads to fill its pot and has to be divided. She grew it from seed acquired from Scotland and it is a particularly strong form. For succulents that need a richer soil such as Gasteria, Haworthia, some Agave and Aloe, the mixture may be made from ready-made cactus soil mixed with leaf mould (cleaned of the larger pieces of leaf and wood if necessary) and a little perlite. All are exposed to full sun from morning to evening in summer, without any shade except that which neighbouring plants provide for one another. Both are cut down to soil level in winter. 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. I plan to repot it this winter. I had long yearned for an Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum) with its huge leaves and bright red midrib. YANAGI ICHIGO (Debregeasia edulis) 3. 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. Rules of watering cacti and succulents: Repotting container-grown cacti and succulents They have gained a “low maintenance” image but they do need regular repotting, fertilising and watering in warm weather. They can be moved to the shade in summer or to the sunny front garden in winter. Its beautiful leaves make it interesting enough … Watering by hand has the advantage that you can assess each plant’s needs individually, day by day. Inspired by the colors of the Riviera, our intricately detailed Mediterranean Planters bring a burst of warm, vibrant color to your deck, patio or entryway. Others in flower can be moved to a prominent position. No plant in a pot can survive the summer unwatered, so for those plants that don’t want water it is hard to find the right balance – giving just enough for the plant to survive but not enough to kill it. I use a fairly light leaf mould-based potting compost – the terra rossa of Attica is too heavy for a roof. Aloe melanacantha is a relative newcomer alongside the three old familiars above. We add a layer of gravel or pebbles on top of many of our pots. Last year my plant (which had been repotted over the years) was still flourishing and growing in a pot that had cracked from the extent of growth. All you have to do is choose your favorite color. http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/articles/containers/all/meet-8-of-the-best-container-plants/, Container Plants You Don't Have to Deadhead. A plant palate that is in tune with the environment's limitations helps to minimize water and maintenance needs. The foliage color is best in part shade. At our new home we intended to extend this pot collection to create an attractive garden (which we could control) and to satisfy my love of plants. 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. The secret is a little work every day, with a vigilant eye for pests and diseases (David does a “slug patrol” with a torch most nights), regular dead-heading, pruning, removal of dead leaves, feeding and watering. 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. Only a masochist would try and steal it – or so we thought. —Amelia Lima, Amelia B. Lima & Associates in San Diego, CA Mediterranean Plants for Landscaping —Watch how this property was landscaped with Mediterranean plants such as lavender, santolina and lambs' ear. Persian shield also has pale blue blossoms in late summer or fall — you can leave them or pinch them off. How much water your pots will need and how often they will need watering depends on the type and size of plant, their exposure (full sun, partial shade, shade) and the weather conditions (temperature, wind). The genus Uebelmannia prefers to continue being sprayed rather than watered, while grey-coloured Copiapoa (e.g. They are quite attractive and distinctive too. We place a layer of gravel/grit in the bottom of the pot before we fill it with potting mix. I grow three other salvias but have not listed them here since I haven’t identified them yet (oh how tiresome nurseries are when they sell unnamed plants…). tall, 16 to 24 in. Other plants are divided when they outgrow their pots – which produces plenty of material to give to friends. 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. Home / Plants / Mediterranean For Landscape enquiries please call 01279 792869 for a full quote Show 9 per page 12 per page 18 per page 30 per page Carefully controlled intra-specific breeding is rescuing a species critically rare in its habitat around Witwatersberg and Pretoria. Newly-bought cacti and succulents that are grown in peat mixes, which include most commercial potting composts, should be repotted at the earliest opportunity into a soil mix with good drainage because the peat holds water and makes plants more susceptible to rotting and disease. 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. 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. Avoid pots with rounded sides, i.e. I very much like its large rich dark purple flowers with dramatic near-black calyces growing through the foliage and pink trumpets of a neighbouring Podranea ricasoliana. 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. All the plants on the roof terrace are in plastic pots (I do hate plastic pots and would much prefer terracotta but, given that I have a great many plants, I had to take into account the very substantial difference in weight between plastic and terracotta, grit my teeth and go for plastic). If you already have a very sunny, south-facing site and a free-draining soil that … All plants need good drainage. In fact I suspect that, unless fairly well watered in the garden, it may actually look better growing densely and lushly in a pot – in Monterey I saw it in many gardens but noted that it always seemed a bit straggly and meagre-looking. Each pot features a contemporary geometric design created by the contrast of smooth cement and yellow granite terrazzo. Best Foliage Plants for Containers Many delicate plants I used to lose in my previous garden do very well in pots. Clematis. There are 648 mediterranean pots for sale on Etsy, and they cost $28.79 on average. Check plants for aphids and scale insect before you buy them. It also deters the blackbirds who can create havoc with my bulbs, cyclamens and delicate emerging shoots as they excavate for worms. Its flowers generally appear a little later than those of Aloe aristata and are also red. CHINESE DREGEA (Dregea sinensis ‘Variegata’) 4. A mix for these plants can contain a little ready-made cactus soil, fine perlite, pumice, Kanuma, Kiryu, Akadama, lava, scallop shells and cuttlefish bones. This too is cut back to soil level every winter, but luckily snails don’t seem to be very interested in it. A productive visit to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens “growing friends” in November 2004 revealed one of very modest dimensions, small enough to travel back to Melbourne with us on the aeroplane. OVERHEAD SHADE. Gravel and stone - most Mediterranean gardens centre on gravel and warm-toned paving, although terraced levels using stone walls with lawns and clipped forms are also common.See below for how to create a gravel garden. Bear in mind that commercial potting composts with a lot of peat in them don’t absorb water well if they have dried out completely. 56 April 2009. Resistant to the elements, these heavy cement outdoor planters remain firmly in place for adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. I have a great liking for the velvety, chenille-like texture of its flowers. These plants can become as addictive as succulents. Aloe peglerae is another plant considered until now a collectors’ rarity. In their natural habitat they develop deep woody roots in order to survive the summer drought and do not need or want water. Careful observation will indicate which kinds need the shelter of a porch, windowsill or cold greenhouse in winter, as much to keep them on the dry side as to safeguard against freezing. Plants in plastic pots will need slightly less water than those in clay pots and care must be taken not to over-water them. For this reason I grow many hellebores which are undemanding (but they do need a deep pot) and have the advantage of attractive foliage as well as a long flowering season in the colder months. This looks more attractive than an expanse of soil in a large container. 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