Mediterranean Garden design ideas for landscaping Gold Coast Gardens

Mediterranean garden design

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.

Mediterranean garden design often features terracotta pots and lavender. The cool  purple of the lavender and the warm earthy tones of the terracotta pots are close to complimentary colours. This means they look good together in garden design. The  green  foliage of the lavender works as an accent to the colour scheme.A pergola on a monastery in the Mediterranean. Landscaping Gold Coast with Mediterranean style.
Mediterranean garden design often features terracotta pots and lavender. The cool  purple of the lavender and the warm earthy tones of the terracotta pots are close to complimentary colours. This means they look good together in garden design. The  green  foliage of the lavender works as an accent to the colour scheme.

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.

Mediterranean garden design with vines on a pergola. The Pergola is also a great addition to the Gold Coast Garden. The classic terracotta pots resemble Greek amphora.
Mediterranean garden design with vines on a pergola. The Pergola is also a great addition to the Gold Coast Garden. The classic terracotta pots resemble Greek amphora.
Outdoor eating under a shady pergola is a key feature of mediterranean garden design. This is also ideal for Gold Coast gardens.
Outdoor eating under a shady pergola is a key feature of mediterranean garden design. This is also ideal for Gold Coast gardens.

Mediterranean Garden Design Australia

Within the broad garden design concept of Mediterranean gardens there are many different individual garden 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 on 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
A mediterranean style like this can result in a low maintenance and drought tolerant garden ideal for landscaping Gold Coast Gardens
A mediterranean style like this can result in a low maintenance and drought tolerant garden ideal for landscaping Gold Coast Gardens
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 features like this are often an important feature in Spanish gardens.
Gardens and water fountains near Almudaina Palace in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. Water features like this are often an important feature in Spanish gardens.
White pebble mulch will help keep your garden moist and cool under the Hot Gold Coast sun. The contrast with the green lawn also gives this garden the Mediterranean look. These are some of the Mediterranean Garden Ideas that Gold Coast Gardeners can use.
White pebble mulch will help keep your garden moist and cool under the Hot Gold Coast sun. The contrast with the green lawn also gives this garden the Mediterranean look. These are some of the Mediterranean Garden Ideas that Gold Coast Gardeners can use.

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