Rooted in the farming culture of coastal Italy, the Mediterranean garden style thrives on functionality. Mediterranean garden style offer such an inviting environment that many homeowners would like to recreate one in their home landscaping. A Mediterranean garden style is more than a collection a plants, shrubs and trees associated with the Mediterranean climate and planted among gravel, small stones, wood bark or bare dirt. The garden should be awash with bright, rich colours and plenty of tile, stone and terracotta, in various styles. The garden can be fully formal or semi formal and usually will have a water feature and include an outdoor living space of tables, chairs or benches. A Mediterranean garden, whether modelled after gardens in Spain, Italy, southern France or Greece, is meant to be lived in and enjoyed. Every Mediterranean garden style should include the elements of warmth, light, simplicity and relaxation.
Mediterranean garden style have existed for centuries and modern gardens must evoke the flavour of ancient times by keeping with natural, earthy materials and colours, with splashes of colour from plants and tiles. Mediterranean garden style often has the added bonus of incorporating plants that are quite useful. Many herbs, such as lavender, basil, thyme, and rosemary, are associated with this type of garden. Citrus fruits, pomegranates, figs, grapes, and olive trees are also common elements, making the garden both a beauty to look at and a feast for the lucky owners. Climbing plants, such as vines and roses, are often incorporated to help dress up walls and other bare spaces.