The most popular Mediterranean plants can thrive in a variety of climate zones, which is why we see them growing across the U.S. Surprisingly, many of the plants that we know and love here in the United States actually originate from the Mediterranean. The temperate Mediterranean climate, which has dry summers and cool, wet winters, can also be found throughout the world, including southwest Australia, South America, South Africa and from northern California to Seattle, Washington.
Originating from lands that border the Mediterranean Sea, lavender is most well-known for its soothing aromatherapy uses. The lavender plant can grow up to 24 inches tall, producing plump, fragrant violet or yellow flower heads. The plant blooms throughout the summer in full sunlight, and does not tolerate wet soil or humid climates.
Grown as a both an annual and perennial, Geraniums are easy to maintain. The plants range in height from about six inches to four feet, and come in a variety of hues, including white, purple, red, pink, magenta and salmon. The plants will grow in nearly any soil, as long as the ground is not waterlogged.
Commonly known as garden sage and originating from the Mediterranean basin, salvia is used for culinary purposes, as medicine or just as an ornamental addition to a garden. The plant can grow up to two feet, and blooms in late spring or summer. The flower heads are spiky, most commonly in blue or violet hues, though pink and white also are available.
Rosemary has a long history of use as an herb. The small evergreen shrub produces fragrant needle-like leaves year-round, but will bloom white, pink, violet or blue buds in the spring and summer. The plant can grow up to five feet tall, and is drought-resistant once established. Though it absolutely will not tolerate soil that doesn’t drain well, it is a fairly adaptable plant, and some gardeners consider it an easy grow for gardeners.
These popular Mediterranean plants can thrive in climates across the U.S. and are excellent selections for your garden.