Book Review: Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach

Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach, by Heidi Gildemeister (Author)

If you are planning on having a garden in Spain this book is a must-have. Gardening in Spain is quite different to gardening in the more northern countries, as native plants are dormant over the hot summer months, rather than in winter. This means that using the same gardening rules and plants in Spain as in the UK might make your life a lot harder, and also inflate your water bill considerably.

The idea behind the book is to establish a Mediterranean garden which is tolerant to draughts and does not normally need to be irrigated.

In the first half of the book the author gives you all the information you need about the Mediterranean environment (climate, soil…), and a guideline with eight steps for planning and designing a “waterwise” garden. A third chapter is dedicated to the characteristics of gardening in the Mediterranean.

The second half of the book is dedicated to the selection of plants which are especially suitable for gardening in the Mediterranean. Over 1,000 plants are listed with their botanical and common names. It also lists plants for specific uses, i.e. for windbreaks, scent, around the pool, erosion control etc.

An immensely useful book for gardening in Spain, and also a very good read!