Mediterranean Garden design ideas for landscaping Gold Coast Gardens

The Mediterranean garden design is not just beautiful, it is often a very practical low maintenance garden solution for landscaping Gold Coast gardens. Historically Gold Coast winters are cool but short in duration. The summers are mostly wet, humid and warm, although we have experienced more of the hotter drier weather over the past few years. Clear skies and moderate to high winds are often experienced on the Gold Coast. The recent hot dry summers are typical of the Mediterranean climate and are more often experienced in cities like Adelaide and Perth. What this means for landscaping Gold Coast gardens is that we can learn the lessons from gardens developed for hot dry summers over the millennia.
From a purely garden design perspective, much of the essence of the Mediterranean garden lies in the choice of materials, textures and colours. Garden features such as cobbled paving, tiles, stones, bricks and especially terracotta will enhance the Mediterranean feel. Neatly clipped hedges, gravel mulch, and soft colours contrasting with brightly coloured tiles are often features in the Mediterranean garden. For landscaping Gold Coast gardens, consider mixing this with less formal ,drought tolerant plants and plants which give off a pleasant aroma.

Terracotta pots go well with blue flowers like lavender. Landscaping Gold coast with Mediterranean style.
Terracotta pots go well with blue flowers like lavender. Lavender will also bring a pleasant fragrance to your Mediterranean style garden. Terracotta will give your plants better protection from the heat than plastic ones.

The hot dry summers of the Mediterranean create perfect conditions for outdoor eating. In these gardens you will often find pergolas covered with scented climbing plants or grape vines. Some plants to consider for growing over your pergola include wisteria, grape vines, climbing roses, jasmine and the Chinese Trumpet vine (Campsis grandiflora). For landscaping Gold Coast gardens make sure you choose varieties and cultivars that will tolerate humid as well as dry conditions.

A pergola on a monastery in the Mediterranean. Landscaping Gold Coast with Mediterranean style.
A pergola, supported by columns on a monastery in the Mediterranean. Shaded walkways can offer some protection from the Gold Coast heat.
A shaded outdoor eating area under a leafy pergola. Landscaping Gold Coast with Mediterranean style.
A shaded outdoor eating area under a leafy pergola.An age old concept influencing modern pergola designs.

Within the broad garden design concept of Mediterranean gardens there are many different styles available to the Gold Coast gardener to choose from. These range from the very neat formal style to the less formal more drought tolerant low maintenance gardens. This variety reflects the many influences of the Mediterranean garden culture, from the Ottomans, the Moors, the Greeks and the Romans. Each of these cultures came up with different solutions for the Mediterranean garden based on their needs and desires. These design ideas were then brought back to Britain by landscape designers and architects pn the Grand Tour. Modern landscape designers now put their own interpretation on these design solutions to produce a variety of very different design outcomes.

Rural house decorated with flowers in pots, Gourdon France near Nice.
Rural house decorated with flowers in pots, Gourdon France near Nice.
low maintenance and drought tolerant garden ideal for landscaping Gold Coast Gardens
Designed by Sarah Price, this low maintenance and drought tolerant garden at the Chelsea Flower Show showcases some great ideas for landscaping Gold Coast gardens. The Garden included upright crepe myrtles, (Lagerstroemia indica), cork oak and pomegranate trees. Above all, it is the earthy colours and textures that give this garden a Mediterranean style. Some shade is provided by the clever use of recycles terracotta roof tiles to create garden walls. These garden walls have gaps to provide some light and air flow. The brown rammed earth walls along with the terracotta pots provide great contrast with the Blue Catanache caerulea and the Blue-leaved Senecio serpens succulents. The spires of orange flowers from Digitalis isabelliana, a Canary Island shrub, blend well with the terracotta.
A formal Mediterranean garden with neatly trimmed box hedges and Italian pencil pines. (Cupressus sempervirens) or Italian cypress. Giusti Garden in Verona,Italy
A formal Mediterranean garden with neatly trimmed box hedges and Italian pencil pines. (Cupressus sempervirens) or Italian cypress. Giusti Garden in Verona,Italy
Gardens and water fountains near Almudaina Palace in Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Water fountains and gardens near Almudaina Palace in Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands Spain. Water is an important feature in Moroccan culture. Water features such as fountains and elongated pools are often a feature of Moroccan style Mediterranean gardens. These gardens are often found in Southern Spain. A fig tree will also add a Moroccan touch to your Gold Coast garden.
White pebble mulch will help keep your garden moist and cool under the Hot God Coast sun.
White pebble mulch will help keep your garden moist and cool under the Hot Gold Coast sun.

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