Answer: I tend to agree - landscapers generally plant things they know will thrive in a particular region, and pruning them neatly seems to be the latest trend - the plants you mention are quite overused.
Palms are one of the most frequently used plant materials in Mediterranean landscape design because their characteristic habits immediately set them apart from other plants. Citrus trees, Olive trees, Jacaranda and Orchid Trees are nice substitutes. A Mediterranean landscape design can also include plants such as Campanula, Carex, Celmisia spectabilis (New Zealand Daisy), Diascia vigilis, Dierama dracomontanum (Angel's Fishing Rod), Eryngium agavifloium (Sea Holly), Euphorbia x martinii (Spurge), Festuca (Elijah Blue), Juniperus scopulorum (Skyrocket), Knipofia (Red Hot Poker), Miscanthus sinensis, Pennisetum, Phormium, Persicaria vaccinifolium, Saponaria ocymoides (Tumbling Ted), Lavendula (lavender) and Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's Tail Grass). Hope the above suggestions offer some guidance!
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