We at Euro Prestige love a colourful garden!
We are all aware of the sudden upward curve in the property market and if you’re looking to buying a house in Spain it is not only bricks and mortar you need to upkeep, your surrounding greenery should be pristine and inviting to match. It won’t take much time before property prices will peak so why not take a look at Euro Prestige’s villas for sale in Spain with beautiful picturesque gardens before you make any rushed decisions and buy at the right prices. The art of getting and maintaining a great looking garden in the South of Spain is probably easier than in most other places. Especially the ones that do not get enough annual sunshine. So as long as you are caring for your garden on a regular basis, you can pretty much leave it to the natural process to do the rest for you. It is fair to say that maintaining a pristine garden on the Costa del Sol is a significant part of Spanish culture.
It is important though before planting anything, to look into the vegetation that you consider the lay of the land and the soil, (a clay type) that is around Andalucia and then work with that in mind. However garden centres will be full of plants and flowers that are already suited to the area.
Charlie Monk, who is a professional gardener living in Spain says “Here in Spain, with good soil, good irrigation and the sun, we can pretty much grow anything. Great news if you are looking to grow your own fruits and vegetables especially well. If you can get these three things correct, your garden will thrive. Question is, what type of garden will you choose?
The answer to this depends a lot on where you live and what type of accommodation you have. Someone in a Villa type property will have something completely different to someone who lives in a middle floor apartment, where you will have to adapt your garden to suit your surroundings. Saying this, it is not impossible for you to have your perfect garden regardless of where you are living. If it is important to you then there are many ways to adapt it to match your desires.
So, what can we expect to find in a typical Spanish garden?
The types of plants most prevalent on the Costa del Sol would be hibiscus, jasmine, begonia, cacti, bougainvillea, oleander succulents and cypresses all of which grow practically everywhere here and grow well. It is good to stick with the native flora and fauna that are already well established and that won’t take up too much of your time to tend to, especially if you don’t have it to give.
It is also a good idea to have certain types of flowers and fruit around, as they attract the kinds of insects that will pollinate your plants too. Animals and plants in total harmony will add to your garden experience.
Imagine a fully flowered pagoda, leading into your chill out space in the garden where your hammock lies between the fruit trees. These are surrounded by coloured fairy lights, lanterns and candles and blooming jasmine and hibiscus dotting the scene, filling the air with a calming and blissful scent.
These can be used for almost anywhere, whether you are on the situated on the coast in a townhouse, apartment or living inland in a villa or a more rural dwelling. As long as you find the right type of compost for your plant, tree or shrub, there shouldn’t be too many problems here.
The climate is your best friend on the Costa del sol when growing your favourite plants. Just remember that when watering anything here, do not do it in the midday sun or when plants are exposed to a severe and direct heat.. This goes especially for plants or flowers with delicate leaves as they will scorch and you will lose them. Very distressing after all your hard work.
Baskets and Boxes
If you are short on space or only have a small dwelling or apartment type property then maybe window boxes or hanging baskets would be more suitable for you. If the Old Town of Marbella is anything to go by you can really make this work in your favour. They have some striking and exquisite looking arrangements there, from potted plants outside shops, filling up the squares where many people hang out. There are very impressive climbing plants on townhouses and vibrant flowers that drape over balconies and hang like rainbow coloured waterfalls. They look so beautiful and really make the area come alive in a natural and organic way. There is no reason why you couldn’t have the same effect at you residence too.
They may be more suited to building that are detached from others as they do exactly what they say on the tin and can be quite invasive, so you may find them you may find them taking over your neighbour’s homes too.
It is very important to take into consideration that if you are on the coast, the temperature is more equally based and not too extreme either way, however the more inland you are, can get much hotter in the summer months and colder in the winter too. In these cases you will have to look out for the problems like frost in winter and adapt to them. Consider too, if you have a beachfront property, that salt spray from coastal winds can also cause you problems.
Grow your own
One of the absolute best things about living in Spain, is that you can grow your own fruit and vegetables quite successfully and with minimum fuss and effort. There is no better experience for a gardener, than to taste the fruits (and veggies) of their own labour and there is no better flavour than home grown and deliciously sun ripened food.
The most fertile and cultivated vegetables here would be tomatoes, melons and squashes, which would be more suitable for summer. Mangetout and sugar snap peas will grow in winter and greens like asparagus, broad beans and broccoli would be better in the spring. While lettuce, rocket and spinach will grow all year round. You can add any kind of herbs you like as you can grow pretty much any one of them.
This process is achievable in most properties as pots, containers and raised beds may be an option, if you don’t have a big garden that you can dig freely . Fruit trees can be purchased in most garden centres and will grow very well in pots also.
Wherever you are living or are thinking of living in Spain, don’t worry too much about the trials of the garden as there shouldn’t be too many. There will however be plenty for you to enjoy getting started and many happy hours spent in your great new Spanish garden.
Wishing you happy gardening form Euro Prestige!