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The Mediterranean Garden Fair will take place in the gardens of the Pousada in Estoi on Saturday, November 7 and, as usual, we will be celebrating the start of the gardening year. This annual...

I was given some good advice when I first started gardening in the Algarve: consider summer as the winter, and autumn as a second spring. As peculiar as this may sound to begin with, it is...

In a country where water is scarce and expensive, gardens are full of useful plants: edible, fragrant or medicinal. The idea of making multi-useful hedges is a good idea. However, the traditional...

I would like to start by saying I am all for us designing our own gardens: to embark on a journey of discovery about our particular patch of dirt, its surroundings and the plants that grow there....

There are three basic types of pots available for potting - clay, ceramic and plastic. Each has its own particular advantages.

The natural colour and shape of clay pots tend to suit the...

One of the qualities people almost unanimously mention when asked what they want from their gardens is colour. It is often assumed that you need litres and litres of water to sustain summer colour...

The genus Ficus contains roughly 2,000 trees, shrubs or vines. The fruit of the species in this genus consists of a hollow fruit-like receptacle, inside which the tiny male and female flowers are...

A passing comment inspired me to stop and think about this recently. Admiring a tumbling bougainvillea and vivid red Canna indica in front of a whitewashed wall, the comment was: “Oh that’s lovely...

A common design issue is how to give both access and privacy in a garden.

The traditional Mediterranean garden is a rectangular walled garden. The walls are needed for important practical...

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