If you are particularly fond of gardening and want to add some Mediterranean vibes to your outdoor space check out these 5 plants.
The snowdrop is often one of the first flowers to bloom in the springtime. This delicate white flower can be planted in full sun or part shade making it more versatile than other perennials. This plant gets its name from the way the tiny flower hangs downward from its stem, like a drop. These plants are best planted in groups and well-drained soil or even rock gardens. There are few downsides to this plant as it is not pet friendly and can cause skin irritation for humans. It is recommended that you handle this plant while wearing gardening gloves.
Rosemary is wonderful. The smell alone is amazing and it’s a much hardier herb than lavender, especially in planting zones with harsher winters. Rosemary is also a great addition to recipes with chicken and potatoes. This plant thrives in humid conditions but it can often become invasive when planted directly into the ground so it will require consistent maintenance. This plant also does well in containers but make sure you give this sun plenty of sunlight throughout the day. When harvesting you can take off up to a third of the plant however you will need to wait for it to fully replenish before you harvest again.
Sage is a member of the mint family like rosemary. Sage can be identified by its grayish-green leaves and purple flowers, it can grow to be about two feet tall. A relatively low maintenance plant, Sage isn’t prone to many diseases just overwatering so make sure the soil is completely dry before your next round. This plant is also a favorite for butterflies and bees but keep it away from any cucumber plants you may have.
Purple Bearded Iris
The purple bearded iris is a sun-loving, drought-tolerant statement flower. Growing almost 36 inches, the iris’ rich purple color will be eye-catching and dramatic. It is best to plant irises in July to September as they are late spring to early summer bloomers. This plant is deer and rabbit resistant as well. Some gardeners also suggest that you do not mulch this plant as it retains too much moisture and can cause root rot.
Italian Clematis is a climbing plant but it can also be used as ground cover. It can grow in full sun or partial shade as long as the soil is moist and alkaline. Once planted, the clematis takes about two years to establish itself before it blooms so be patient with this one. Also don’t despair if the plant disappears in the winter. It will typically hide out in the soil until springtime. As stated before this plant loves moisture so gardeners recommend continuing to water this plant regularly even if you had recent rainfall. The roots of this plant love the shade so make sure you put down mulch after planting.
- Italian Flowers [Home Guides]
- Rosemary [Farmer’s Almanac]
- Snowdrops [Thespruce.com]
- Bearded Iris [Gardenia.net]
- Bearded Irises [bhg.com]
- Italian Clematis [mortonarb.org]
- Clematis [American Meadows]
- Feature Picture [Wikimedia]