Browse Landscapes Get ideas for your yard Backyards Front Yards

Mediterranean gardens feature plants full of texture and color. In order to achieve the Mediterranean look select plants with blue/green foliage and purple or yellow blooms. It is also important to include plants with strong structure that will help define the garden. Evergreen trees and hedges are popular for this purpose.


A perennial herb with purple blooms


A fragrant perennial herb

Olive Trees

Small evergreen tree with gnarled trunks

Ornamental Grasses

Attractive plants textured foliage


Water storing plants with sculptural shapes


A tall and narrow evergreen tree

More plant suggestions:

Thyme, santolina, bougainvillea, star jasmine, lamb's ear, juniper, citrus trees, grape vines, sage, pomegranate, aloe.

  • Pro Tip:

    Limit your color use and think more about the texture of the plants.
    —Ive Haugeland, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in Sausalito, CA

Desired plant characteristics for a Mediterranean garden:

  • Drought tolerant
  • Cold hardy
  • Tough and independent
  • Pro Tip:

    In a Mediterranean-type climate, water is a luxury. The designer should always consider how efficiently such a precious resource is utilized. A plant palate that is in tune with the environment's limitations helps to minimize water and maintenance needs.
    —Amelia Lima, Amelia B. Lima & Associates in San Diego, CA

Mediterranean Plants for Landscaping—Watch how this property was landscaped with Mediterranean plants such as lavender, santolina and lambs' ear.

Learn more about Mediterranean Landscaping.

Landscaping Network

Follow us on: