We're not serious gardeners by any stretch of the imagination, but we do like to have a few Mediterranean plant varieties in our garden, to remind us of holidays and warmer climes. So, in no particular order, here's our top 5, all of which are hardy enough for the UK.
Agapanthus ('Lily of the Nile')
Originating in southern Africa and prevalent in Mediterranean regions, it's quite surprising how well Agapanthus plants grow in the UK, either in borders or in pots. The striking blue/purple flowers and deep green stems add an exotic feel to our gardens, reminding us of distant places. Definitely one of our favourites!
What could be more Mediterranean than the iconic olive tree? You probably won't be able to harvest enough fruit to start an olive oil business, but these evergreen trees look great in terracotta pots and are relatively frost-hardy.
Is it a herb, is it a plant...well, it's both really and we can't get enough of it! Alternate with lavender in your patio pots and you'll get the look and scents of the Mediterranean in your garden. Enjoy its bright blue flowers throughout spring and summer and enjoy the flavour of the herb in your cooking - perfect!
This evergreen climber with its impressive foliage and heady perfume will undoubtedly remind you of your last Mediterranean holiday. Jasmine grows well in a sunny, sheltered spot, perhaps against a garden wall where its seductive scent will intoxicate you all summer long.
'English' lavender is one of the hardiest varieties and despite its name, this evergreen shrub will transport you to a remote field in Provence. Suitable for both plant pots and borders, Lavender is easy to grow and produces masses of beautifully scented purple flowers all summer.
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