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There are several frequently encountered adaptations that plants make to protect them against heat and drought. Many have reduced the size of their leaves (and therefore the area vulnerable to the...

We all very quickly become familiar with those huge blue grey spiky plants that adorn the Algarve landscape – the Agave americana (pita or piteira in Portuguese). Originally from Mexico and the...

Tree planting

“Let’s adopt a tree” is the motto of the latest initiative by coalition group Servir Portimão designed to counteract Portimão’s lack of green spaces by planting almond trees throughout the town....

Anyone who loves plants and flowers will be stunned by the variety of flora to be found at the Sheraton Algarve Hotel & Pine Cliffs Resort, says the Algarve's Mediterranean Garden Society. The...

There are two times of year when I particularly pine for the English landscape – in the autumn, and above all, in the spring. I miss changing colours and falling leaves, and the mass flowering of...

The Mediterranean Garden Society-Portugal is holding its third International Spring Conference under the theme ‘Dry Mediterranean Gardening’. The event will be held from March 28 to 30 at the Pine...

Rosa ‘Sombreuil’

Ah, the rose … whether red-red, snow-white, blush-pink or deep-secret wine, they have captured our hearts and minds for millennia. In art, myth, folklore and commerce, the rose has played an...

Ah yes, the old jokes are the best! But at this time of year aloes really are better in threes, those thorny-leafed succulents whose wonderful flaming spears set the garden alight in winter ......

There are plenty of artistic considerations to be managed in the design of a garden – line and volume, texture and colour, negative space versus full shapes… It is easy to see that you will be...

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