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Mediterranean conservatory

Type: cold.

Mediterranean conservatory presents environment and lifestyle that is prevalent in the Mediterranean area. Vegetation in Mediterranean is adapted to high temperatures and drought in summer and temperatures to freezing point and rain in the winter. Lifestyle is peaceful, as summer heat does not allow intense working during day.

Mediterranean conservatory

Selection of plants is diverse. Plants are mostly robust and resistant to pests and diseases. They do not require much care and need watering only on few days. Most of these plants need winter temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius for successful growth. Therefore such conservatory is not pleasant to be in in wintertime.

The Mediterranean style is dominated by stone and baked clay (terracotta). Paths can be made of brick or stone slabs. Plant containers should be made out of terracotta and can be completely of natural colour or in different bright colours and patterns. Furniture should be metal or from solid wood.

Mediterranean plants in conservatory

Ideas for the design may be obtained at summer visits to the Mediterranean or the Adriatic Sea.

Selected leading plants for the Mediterranean conservatory

  • citruses (Citrus sp.),
  • olive tree (Olea europea),
  • strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo),
  • bay laurel (Laurus nobilis),
  • cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus),
  • drago (Dracaena draco),
  • laurestinus (Viburnum tinus).

Selected attendant plants for Mediterranean conservatory:

  • camellia (Camellia sp.),
  • rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis),
  • crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus),
  • myrtle (Myrtus communis),
  • mastic (Pistacia lentiscus),
  • great bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis),
  • star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).