Mediterranean garden ideas — planting, materials and design inspiration for a low-maintenance space

A dry gravel garden with lots of drought tolerant planting
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It's hard not to feel inspired by Mediterranean garden ideas. Not only do they evoke fond memories of trips to warmer climes, they are designed to be low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and are conducive to all areas of outdoor living.

"Mediterranean-style garden design will provide sheltered areas from the sun and heat. They tend to be low maintenance, using gravel and stone instead of a luscious grassy lawn, which may not be able to survive the Mediterranean climate," explains Ali Wooldridge, outdoor lifestyle expert at Gardenesque.

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Emily Crowley-Wroe

A professionally trained garden designer living and working in the Cotswolds. She's been a keen gardener and plant enthusiast ever since owning her very first garden in Oxford 20 years ago.

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Katrina Kieffer-Wells

Katrina has been a keen gardener since childhood. In 2002 she set up her garden design company Earth Designs. Since then Katrina and her husband Matt have grown 230 designs and 90 builds under their belt.

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Harriet Worsley

Garden Designer Harriet Worsley set up Worsley Design & Consultancy after studying Garden Design, Planting Design and studying for her RHS Certificate of Horticulture. She worked as Landscape Designer for a firm in Notting Hill, and as a weekly volunteer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where she honed her plant knowledge. 

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Ali Wooldridge

Ali founded Gardenesque five years ago from a desire to transform her London city garden into a more artistic, rich and exotic green space. The brand grew out of the belief that every garden can be brought to life by beautiful gardenware that accentuates the natural beauty of your plants, and creates an organic extension to your home

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.