Mediterranean Garden

A Taste of Southern Europe

The landscape of this garden demonstrates how a Mediterranean landscaping style can be achieved in a subtropical climate by smart plant selection and design choices. Utilizing containers to control soil conditions can assist in replicating a dry Mediterranean climate. This garden is prominently planted with common Mediterranean plants (olives and grapes) but also foliage and flower colors of yellow, blue and silver.

Collection Highlights
Baobab Tree (Adansonia)

Located at the west entrance to this garden is an African native, nicknamed the “Tree of Life,” has been traditionally valued as a source of food, water, health remedies, and shelter. The baobab tree’s large trunk is approximately 80% water. It can grow to an incredible size in its long lifetime. The largest Baobob known is over 1,700 years old and the trunk is 109 feet wide! It is known as the upside down tree because its branches grow in a pattern that resembles roots. After hundreds of years, the enormous trunks start to hollow out, providing shelter for all living creatures. It’s fruit and leaves can be eaten.

West entrance to the Mediterranean Garden, photo by Mary Beth Menden
A window within the arbors
Pink Drift Rose (Rosa ‘Meijocos’). Low growing & mounding growth habit; disease resistant and easy to care for.
Silk Floss Kapok (Ceiba speciosa, formerly Chorisia speciosa), is a species of deciduous tree native to the tropical and subtropical forests of South America. This species was once farmed for the cottony floss in the seed pods to stuff pillows, mattresses and life preservers.