Just a quick post to share with you because I see people all too often struggling with creating nice hedges in their Mediterranean garden. The owner of this garden told me that his hedge is 3 years old and for some mysterious reason it’s “not growing“. Here it is, Metrosideros […]

Creating hedges in the Mediterranean garden


I have a love-hate relationship with Lantanas. This time of the year my hands are full of their spikes my forearms have rashes generally I am not very happy with grooming them. But comes summer and I can’t stop to admire the clusters of colorful flowers and the bees happily […]

Lantanas: friends or enemies?


Running a successful holiday rental service is not without risks and challenges. It's easier if you have a reliable, local partner you trust and who is aware of the pitfalls and how to deal with them.

Renting your second home – avoiding pitfalls


Following the destruction of the Red Palm Weevil – the bug responsible for destroying palm trees throughout the Mediterranean basin – there is an increasing number of unsightly palm stumps in gardens and towns. While one option is to cut these dead trunks, dig them out and get rid of them […]

New life to your destroyed palm tree



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Green. Serene and peaceful. Having vivid green carpet around us is said to be the most the most relaxing sight. In a Mediterranean country with dry winters and scorching hot summers is it something that we can achieve or only the extra rich can afford or is it? While there […]

Your options of green


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When planting a new flowerbed consider that plants grow so give them lots of room to develop to their full potential.  If you must have a dense, full landscape right away, plant with the intent to relocate or remove some plants as they mature. You can also plant quick-growing, short-lived “filler” […]

Plan for grows


Many house owners on the Greek islands at one point consider letting their property for holidaymakers. As the cornerstone of success in hospitality is guest satisfaction I would like to talk about how to make up your guest bedrooms to make a lasting impression. Apart from the obvious cleanliness (that […]

How to present guest bedrooms


Gaura (Greek name: Γαούρα, botanical name: Gaura lindheimeri) is a beautiful perennial that flowers all year round in the Mediterranean garden. It makes a little round bush, and the butterfly-like flowers come in white or many shades of pink. Its a perennial, that means that it lives for many years, […]

Time to tidy up the Gaura in your garden



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Have you got one of these beauties in your garden? If so, you must share my enthusiasm for it, the abundant colorful flowers cannot be missing from any Mediterranean garden. It is a delight to look at in the summertime. Trouble is, that it needs regular maintenance especially really drastic […]

Taming the monster, or how to cut back your Bougainvillea


Greek Villa was founded in 2008 as an approachable company, specialized on property development and landscape design. Our mission is to create sustainable outdoor and indoor living spaces to experience the joy of Greek island style living. Our funding members are:  Michael Livadas: Greek in heart, English by education, Michael holds […]

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