Mediterranean Garden Society
Alternatives to Lawns
The photograph at the top of this page shows Ismelia carinata syn Chrysanthemum carinatum growing wild in Rhodes, and inspiration for an alternative to the traditional lawn (Photo Alisdair Aird)
Here is a talk by Olivier Filippi, “Lawn Alternatives in Mediterranean Gardens”, which he gave to our AGM in Athens. Then follows highlights of an article by Jennifer Gay about the use of Lawn Alternatives in our garden at Sparoza.
by Jennifer Gay
photographs by Jennifer Gay
For the full article see The Mediterranean Garden No 43, January 2006.
"The most natural option to consider is the meadow: during the winter you will have a sward of infinite variety, followed by a wonderful spring and early summer meadow... just like Sparoza's 'threshing floor', where for several years Sally Razelou has successfully managed what was once an irrigated circular lawn in this way."
"Groundcovers provide ideal, low-maintenance foliage-carpeting in areas not subject to heavy wear and tear. ...strategically placed stepping stones allow access."
"Alternatively, consider bushier plants if the mat-forming characteristic is not a priority. Many low shrubs and sub-shrubs are suitable..."
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