Objective and Design
This garden demonstrates the types of plants that grow in the Mediterranean regions throughout the world. A Mediterranean climate generally has very hot, dry summers with temperatures in the mid 80’s to 100’s degree Fahrenheit. Winters are mild and cool averaging between 40-50 degrees F with most rainfall occurring between autumn and spring.
Lessons Learned In 2016
Slight changes in the garden are occurring each year based on experimentation. As with each Mediterranean region in the world there are slight variations in temperature, amount of sun, soil conditions, and moisture needs, or even types of fauna (such as gophers) within each of these regions. For example, even though most the Sacramento and Placerville area is within a Mediterranean climate we know some area can grow citrus and others cannot. The same is with soils. Some are heavy clay, some are sandy, or some could be loam. And these changes can occur even within the Sherwood Demonstration Garden.
Mediterranean Garden Plant List
Here is a complete plant list for our Mediterranean Garden
The hard freeze hit some of our early blooming plants pretty hard, but they will recover! Meanwhile, most of the other plants are doing great. The Bush Germander was not fazed by the freeze. It has delicately colored purple flowers in summer and its gray-green color add accent to a garden. The Italian Cypress is being trained into arches bringing an architectual feature to the garden. The Bay Laurel is blooming!