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A welcome initiative for Portugal can be found at the Quinta das Lavandas, near Portalegre, in the Alto Alentejo. Situated in the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede, one of the most benign...

Soil. It’s that stuff that plants grow in, gets stuck to your boots in winter, and blows around the terrace in summer. We dig it, plough it, rake it level, water it. But when did you last stop and...

As we approach the longest day, maybe it is time to retreat into the shade with a long cool drink and plan our fantasy dream gardens – whether in a couple of containers or a whole terrace!

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One of the most fascinating ecosystems, for me, is that of the sand dunes. Although the environment is harsh – nutrient-poor, windswept and salt-sprayed – this leads to a vast diversity of plants...

Our fallow fields and roadside verges seemed slow to start this year, but are bursting with life right now, in spite of the searing heat. I can’t be the only one captivated by the electric blue...

The garden of Monserrate in Sintra is considered one of the most important English landscape gardens beyond the shores of the British Isles. It was founded in the 18th century by Gerard de Visme,...

A garden in May should be a joy to the senses, full of new growth, flowers, colour and scent. The natural landscape around us certainly is. But this is often the time of year when irrigation...

Recent rains, followed by warm sunny days, have finally given the Algarve flora the boost it was waiting for to kick into rampant growth. Along roadsides and lanes, the wildflowers are spectacular...

Embarking on the construction of a new garden, or renovation of an existing one, can be an act of faith. Whether you are starting with a blank canvas or making the difficult decision to remove or...

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