Oleanders bring a real sense of the Mediterranean planted in pots on the patio or in a courtyard, with their scented blooms in pink, red or white. These are mostly stunning trees, can be grown in pots, and make great architectural features, they're the wow factor plants. The foliage color is best in part shade. Occasionally snip the tips of the stems back a couple of inches to keep the vine under control. But you can also ornament your garden with Italian cypress in containers. I grow side by side both S. farinacea ‘Victoria’, with purple flowers, and a (name unknown) white-flowered cultivar. The square stems characteristic of salvias are very apparent, with pronounced joints. 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. They grow slowly, tolerate the summer heat/winter wet and look good all year. The same warning goes for poisonous plants, if in doubt just ask at your local garden centre. Plant List for a Mediterranean Garden: 1. Each leaf has regular but well-spaced prominent coarse white teeth along the leaf margins and also along the mid-rib of each leaf. Plus they come in a wide range of flower colors. If you're ready to grow great-looking containers, it all starts with the best plants. Avoid pots with rounded sides, i.e. This treatment does not solve the problem completely but keeps it under control. 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. My criteria for success include not only whether a plant will survive for any length of time in a pot, but whether it is almost as floriferous in a pot as it would be when planted out in the ground. I do prefer to mix succulents with contrasting softer foliages, flowers and conifers, rather than growing them on their own, although in winter I have the majority in the front garden with the sunshine. Wormwood. by Caroline Davies, extracted from TMG No. Salvia officinalis subsp. tall, 8 to 96 in. The pebbles also stop the soil from being swept to the ground during watering. 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. 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 Growing Plants in Pots by Caroline Harbouri. Pots dry out quicker than garden areas and need frequent watering. Plants prefer a soil that is very well drained and are at risk of rot if not given such conditions. If a plant shows signs of chlorosis (yellowing leaves), give iron: water-soluble iron for plants is available at all garden centres. by Trevor Nottle reprinted from TMG No. 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. I have always grown a range of succulents and cacti, loving the architectural form of agaves, aloes, furcraeas and puyas (despite their vicious spikes). 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. 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. Gardening in Pots in Melbourne Don't let the soil get too dry or it will drop leaves. 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. All photographs in this section by Stavros Apostolou. Only one aloe, Aloe polyphylla, grows where there are regular snowfalls; all the rest have varying degrees of frost and cold resistance. And look for tulip-, rosebud- or cactus-flowered geraniums to give a traditional planting a twist. Until recently, we were proud of our Puya alpestris (acquired from Mt. For additional reports and articles on this subject please check out the (non-responsive) MGS Archive. 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. Growing in dense clusters of up to 16 or so greyish-green rosettes, it is distinctive for its minimal spination, minute and barely present except along the leaf margins. Use this plant in the middle or back of a container. And a single plant, can cover a small container. 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. The set of two Corner Terrazzo Planters includes a matching pair of pots with a Mediterranean style. Most commercially grown cacti and succulents are potted in peat and should be repotted immediately. Every expert you ask and every book you read will have a different opinion. Hardy Mediterranean garden plants include the date palm, of a size that makes it perfect for a balcony or patio, and the sweet-smelling oleander with its white, pink or red flowers. Caroline describes container gardening in a small, town house garden to which she moved in in 1999, seven years before writing the article: On moving day, we required a special truck to transport our pots and troughs – these had accommodated plants which did not fit into our previous garden and were used as accent plants or eye-catchers (such as a large bay tree, a bronze-foliaged cordyline and a Wigandia urens (syn. 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). All our plants are hardy to -5C, but in extreme weather the pots should be brought indoors or covered with fleece. As a general guide, these plants require free-draining soils, whether grown in the garden or cultivated in pots. It grows quickly, so you can start with a small plant and reap big rewards in no time. Any petunia gives you lots of bang for your buck. Succulents need more water and during the summer can be watered twice or three times a week depending on the heat, shade, pollution etc. If you have no time to make your own, it is well worth using the best (and most expensive) potting mix. All plants need good drainage. All rights reserved. This is a yellow-flowered salvia which also came to me from Sparoza. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. In shade you can grow various ferns and fuchsias. … It doesn’t need to be deadheaded, either. 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. When repotting cacti and succulents remove the plant carefully from the old pot and check the state of the roots. Instead I pierce more drainage holes in the bottom of the pots than those provided. 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. Only a masochist would try and steal it – or so we thought. For sensitive species like Aztekium, Geohintonia, Lophophora, Obregonia, Strombocactus, and some hybrids of Astrophytum, again the soil mix must have excellent drainage. Acid-loving plants like gardenias and camellias need special, more acidic, soil (in Greece this is the kind called. Whatever its star quality, each of the plants below has that extra something that every gardener can use. Also many kitchen herbs: mint, chives, parsley, chilli etc. 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. 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. But check first that the leaf-yellowing is not due to over-watering. Some Salvias Grown in Pots Such soils may be highly mineralised but are low in nutrients so aloes do not need much fertilising to maintain growth. With consistent moisture, they’ll bloom until frost or the days get short. Aloe × ‘Tegelberg’s Triumph’ is a hybrid of recent origin that is well worth seeking out. 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. We first admired the distinctive violet-blue cones on the Korean fir, Abies koreana, at Marwood Hill in North Devon – the inspirational garden created by the late Dr Jimmy Smart with plants from all over the world, including many from Australia. Plant growing too tall at the end of the summer? Aloe humilis is readily recognised by its silver-blue leaves, almost cylindrical in cross section, tapering narrowly at the apex and also slightly incurving. …they kept potted plants at the back doorstep, and perhaps on the front veranda too. Greeks and Romans filled terracotta pots with bright flowering plants to add colour to paths and courtyards. C. cinerea) should be watered once every three weeks and then only very lightly. As Rudolf Schulz and Attila Kapitany say in their useful book Succulents: Care and Health (Schulz Publishing, 2003), most succulents are killed by under-watering. It also deters the blackbirds who can create havoc with my bulbs, cyclamens and delicate emerging shoots as they excavate for worms. Many mediterranean gardeners do not have the luxury of a plot of land for a garden and are confined to growing plants on a balcony, paved yard or a roof terrace. Adding a saucer beneath your pots will help to catch the water for future drinks for your plants. Even though the billowy flowers slow during the heat of summer, they come barreling back as the weather cools. In their natural habitat, plants in the genus Copiapoa have adjusted to getting the water they need from mist and the morning dew. But some true mediterranean plants can survive quite happily and many of the native bulbs can be enjoyed each spring if kept in pots. It is a very appealing little plant superficially resembling Aloe humilis until flowering time, when it shows its distinctive brush of orange-red flowers with markedly exerted styles. SMOKETREE (Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’) 5. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White, pink or blue flowers late spring through fall Light Full sun Size 6 to 18 in. Finally, plants with associations are very important to us. Most people’s reaction to pot culture is that it must be much harder work and more difficult to water than a conventional garden. 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. But some plants are born to shine just a bit brighter. have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality. 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. Root formation is readily achieved. CANARY ISLAND FOXGLOVE (Isoplexis canariensis) 6. 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. ... Mediterranean Garden Trees. If you already have a very sunny, south-facing site and a free-draining soil that … tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. Some succulents, especially those with tuberous roots, need little and often as a watering schedule. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. lavandulifolia Watering by hand has the advantage that you can assess each plant’s needs individually, day by day. This is a self-cleaning plant, so the flowers drop off as they fade — you never need to deadhead! Between waterings the soil should dry out completely. 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. Finally plants in pots are contained: they can never take over the whole garden, turning it into a jungle when we are away…, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is the registered trademark of The Mediterranean Garden Society in the European Union, Australia, and the United States of America, website designed and maintained wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. You can repeat this treatment every two or three years. Remove spent flower stems to help promote more blooms, too. Plants in other people’s gardens also have their impact. Aloe variegata, the partridge-breasted aloe or triangular aloe, is instantly recognisable by its characteristic triple file of thick upright leaves. Sterilise pots that you are going to re-use with boiling water, including under the rims. They have gained a “low maintenance” image but they do need regular repotting, fertilising and watering in warm weather. We grow plants in pots because we believe the opposite. Coleus (Plectranthus hybrids) Coleus is so versatile! A tiny form of this was available at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens’ “growing friends” nursery last January. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White or pink flowers late spring through fall Light Full sun to part shade Size 12 to 18 in. It acts as a mulch and also prevents the plant from becoming waterlogged or rotting. Pelargoniums – which include the pot plants we usually call geraniums: I’ve found the ivy-leaved trailing ones withstand very hot sun best. 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). Statuary, urns and pots are used as decorative features too. As an added bonus, pots look fabulous when they are used as a focal point. This aloe produces offsets freely so that solitary plants quickly form clumps. It is somewhat tender, so that a couple of years ago Sally Razelou gave me her (then) only precious S. discolor in a pot for me to over-winter for her, feeling that central Athens would be warmer than Sparoza. Ariocarpus, Leuchtenbergia, some Mammillaria, Pterocactus etc., should be given a soil mixture with particularly excellent drainage, hence without extra peat moss or leaf mould, but anything sharp like stones and shells which are sometimes used to open the soil mix for better drainage should be avoided of fear of damaging the tuberous roots. 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. lavender, purple, pink, red, orange and white from spring to frost Light Full sun to full shade Size 8 to 48 in. by Caroline Harbouri, extracted from TMG No. The restriction of a pot prevents the plant from making its deep roots. 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. 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. We have allowed them to crumble and fade, resembling the pink stucco on old Venetian villas in Corfu. For most other plants any good general-purpose soil is suitable. 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