If you are the type of home gardener who strives to be unique, you might want to consider landscaping with Mediterranean trees. These are perfect plants to use for landscaping your front yard. Not only will they give your property pleasant shade, they will also add a distinctly beautiful look to your home.
When thinking of Mediterranean trees, the first variety that springs to mind is the cypress. These are evergreens that are often classified as shrubs, but this depends on their height. They are fairly sweeping with their dark green needle-like leaves. Often used to protect other plants or structures from harsh winds, the cypress tree is usually used for ornamental purposes. Some types can grow to be as high as 70 feet, while others grow no taller than 25.
Juniper trees are also Mediterranean evergreens that do well in hardiness zones 4 through 8. They are of the shorter variety, with the Rocky Mountain juniper having the ability to grow as tall as 30 feet in height. These trees also sport berries that are often eaten by birds and other wildlife when grown in the forest. Junipers are very resistant to times of drought and enjoy soils that are moist.
Arborvitae trees are also evergreens that are related to the cypress. With their rich green foliage and wonderful shapes, they are a great choice for landscaping with a Mediterranean style. They are good for blocking winds, which is good to protect other, smaller and less hardy plants. They thrive best in soil with an alkaline pH level and can do extremely well during droughts. If you are considering planting an arborvitae in your front yard for landscaping, make sure the tree will receive partial sunlight during the day.
A good combination of these trees will add a beautiful look to your front yard. You can even take things a step farther with the Mediterranean theme by planting climbing vines, grapes and Bermuda grass.