The small gardens of the South , those of Andalusia in particular, are pretty sources of inspiration. The abundance of plants and flowers , the marriage of colors , make these gardens lively and warm places! How to draw inspiration from these southern gardens even in less clement climates?
The generosity of southern gardens
A trip to Andalusia this summer gave me the opportunity to admire balconies , windows , stairs , courtyards , patios and other small gardens of the South. We must admit that the abundance of vegetation and colors of all these small spaces is a pleasure for the eyes! They are also true parentheses of serenity and well-being that defy the sun and heat.
The main quality of these small gardens in the South seems to me to be generosity. The density of the plantations and the profusion of flowers help to create this warm atmosphere. Potted plants and climbing plants complement each other perfectly to liven up any small space and make it an oasis of greenery.
The repetition effect is also widely used. Accumulation pots of identical material (often terracotta!) Or the same color (the blue pots of Cordoba!), Collection of plants of the same species, are effective processes to create a feeling of luxuriance.
This profusion is particularly well highlighted by the colors used in the Mediterranean gardens . White, ochres, oranges and reds are used on the walls. These hues make a beautiful setting for vegetation! Blue is also widely present. On the pots of course, but also through the azulejos that often decorate courtyards, courtyards or stairs.
All these elements together make the southern gardens inviting spaces, colorful and brimming with life. This principle of generosity is easily applicable in any small space . It is enough to decline it taking into account the climatic context.
The vegetable palette of southern gardens
It is certain that the plants and flowers that dress southern gardens or Mediterranean gardens are not necessarily suitable for gardens less exposed! Nevertheless, what matters is the spirit that lives in these small sunny spaces. Colors , scents , foliage , are key elements of these gardens of the South.
Climbing or hanging plants are generously used. In the palette of blues: ipomée and plumbago are the most beautiful effect. The first flowers from June to November, grows very fast and requires very little maintenance. Perennial to the south, it can be grown as an annual elsewhere. The second is semi-persistent with an identical flowering period.
Finally, the marriage of flowers and foliage reinforces this impression of luxuriance.
The plants mentioned here are common in southern gardens but some can also acclimatize in less lenient countries! I will soon have the opportunity to introduce you to more specific plants of Mediterranean gardens.
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