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” plants to temporarily bulk up your plantings. Good choices for the Mediterranean garden are some of these annuals:
Foxglove (Anthurium majus). They are called “skilaki” in Greek (σκυλάκι or little dog) and are a favourite childrens flower since pressing the side of the flowers they open their “mouth”like a little hungry puppy :). These hardy flowers almost need no summer irrigation and decorate your garden from early summer to late autumn. They self seed and come out next year again.
Marigolds (Tagetes patula or κατιφέδες in Greek) is also a cheerful annual needs slightly more summer irrigation than the previous.
Mallow (Malva) is another good choice, it’s an annual too, renews itself from seeds, very hardy, the only thing that this summer flower is sensible of is wind so plant in only at wind protected places, like in front of walls. They grow as tall as 1,5 m so very possibly they are going to be your tallest plants, good to remember to saw them at the back row of your flowerbed! It’s important keep track of which plants are prolific self-sowers, to prevent fillers from taking over.
Designing a garden means knowing your plants as your primary tools for creating ambiance. You have to have a clear picture in your mind how are they going to look like in a year, in 5 years, in 10 years time.
I often see gardens where owners try to create immediate “wow factor” with stuffing too many plants into a small place, but remember you are not creating a temporary exhibition! Part of the gardener’s joy is to observe how your place evolves and chances with time.
Certain plants need certain space or else they are going to compete for light, food resources and the most aggressive species are going to take over and the less vigorous just simply die and as a result the best design concept can fall apart.
Garden just after planting and a year after.
Notice how much plants grow in just a year!
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