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Mediterranean Plants for the Mid-South

Create a Mediterranean Oasis in Your Own Backyard

Dwarf pomegranate (Punica granatum var. nana, Zones 7–11). Photo: Ann E. Stratton.

I often hear people say things like, “That plant prefers a Mediterranean climate.” A Mediterranean climate is often characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. It is additionally associated with lean, sharply draining soils. The Mediterranean Sea spans from Southern Europe, across North Africa, and all the way to Western Asia. This area is full of garden-worthy plants you may want to add to your garden. In this regional report, we will explore herbal and edible plants that hail from the Mediterranean region. These are plants many of us in the Mid-South have used heavily in our gardens.

Fig trees may produce fruit in spring and again in fall. Photo: Andy Pulte.

Fig (Ficus carica, Zones 6–9)

Native range: Western Asia, southeastern Europe

I love fresh figs. Growing up in the Great Plains, I was only aware of figs in their Fig Newton form until I arrived in Tennessee. Figs…

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