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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...

This being the season for orchids, what better time for a double celebration - of the presence of these fascinating flowers in the countryside, and of the release of Sue Parker’s new book on the...

With the kumquats, the Bitter orange, or Seville orange, is the hardiest of decorative citrus trees, beautiful dark green leaves transforming into Christmas trees covered with orange fruit from...

I hope everyone has enjoyed the long sunny spell as much as I have, but I am so grateful for the rain! The mild weather is providing ideal conditions to be out working in the garden and...

New for 2015 here is the first in an occasional series of articles on the many different varieties of fruit it is possible to grow in the south of Portugal.

The Japanese persimmon is a...

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