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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...

Reducing waste, re-using materials and recycling are all things which will save money, help the environment (and potentially your back) and, I hope, give you a warm glow of satisfaction. These...

In the world there are nearly 300 different species of clematis, many of which already flourish in Mediterranean climates. Large-flowered clematis make up the majority of at least 5,000 varieties...

The genus Salvia is probably best known for the culinary sage Salvia officinalis, and perhaps those rather brash bedding plants derived from Salvia splendens, which adorn roundabouts and town...

Spring fever – a gardening checklist for the Mediterranean

As the Mediterranean Gardening Association prepares for the first Spring Garden Fair to be held this Saturday (April 11) from 11am to 5pm in the rural setting of the Quinta da Figueirinha near to...

There’s a certain discussion that I have quite often. It comes up whenever I take on a new project, but also in conversation with people about the way they garden here, the kind of plants they use...

This is the most beautiful tree that you can grow in southern Portugal. It is a big tree with large leaves like avocado leaves. In spring, the big blossoms grow in fragrant bouquets. They produce...

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