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Great Climbers and Vines for Mediterranean Gardens in Cool Countries

Mediterranean Garden Style, Mediterranean Plants, Mediterranean Garden Design

Cool courtyards built around fountains celebrating the sight and sound of water, tiled patios with dappled shade from cascading vines and plants flowering in turn for all twelve months of the year - Mediterranean gardens have such an irresistible appeal. Fortunately, they are not strictly reserved for gardeners from warmer climates. Gardens in more northern climates can capture the charm, romance and warmth of the Mediterranean style. Thousands of plants from the Mediterranean region thrive in cooler climates, with the added bonus that most are drought tolerant and low-maintenance. The main prerequisite for a Mediterranean garden is full sun and well-drained soils, whatever its location.

Climbers and vines add an exciting dimension to the Mediterranean garden with their brightly colored flowers, fantastic foliage or juicy fruits hanging like porcelain drop earrings. Great at covering pergolas, arbors and other decorative structures, they provide a relief from the sun and a fabulous opportunity to fill the air with their heavenly-scent.
Climbers and vines are also extremely useful in hiding unsightly walls, boring fences or any unforgiving garden boundary.

Here is a list of suitable climbers and vines for your Mediterranean Garden. Most of them will thrive in temperate gardens. Among them are the spectacular Passiflora (Passion Vine), Campsis (Trumpet Vine), Clematis, Lathyrus (Sweet Pea) and Vitis (Grape Vine). They will all add depth and drama to the landscape and contrast nicely with your Mediterranean shrubs or Mediterranean perennials. As you will note, most of them have received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

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