Packed with deer and drought resistant plants, this Mediterranean raised bed is a delight in terms of fragrance, color and texture. At the foot of an old gnarled olive tree are easy to grow perennials and shrubs offering a very long season of interest extending from spring to fall.

Among them are the highly colorful Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' (Wallflower), the particularly showy Cistus purpureus (Purple-Flowered Rock Rose) and the architectural  Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage).

Foliage interest and delicious fragrance are generously contributed by the lacy foliage of Artemisia 'Powis Castle', the gray-green leaves of Calamintha nepeta (Lesser Calamint), the low-growing Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus (Creeping Rosemary) or the feathery leaves of Santolina pinnata subsp. nepolitana (Green Santolina).

A relatively low care garden idea for months of pleasure!