Ways to Improve your Spanish Garden
When people who work in dull and monotonous jobs in drab grey towns dream of moving to Spain and making new lives for themselves in perfect homes in idyllic settings with houses in sunny and stunning surroundings, then they are probably picturing luxurious beachfront apartments for sale or property for sale on the Costa del Sol.
An important part of that dream house in Spain is most probably a beautiful garden in which to entertain friends and family, to top up that tan, or just to relax and enjoy the good life that the south of Spain is so famous for. Whatever the type of Spanish home you’ve got in mind, be it a property for sale on the Costa del Sol or villas for sale in Marbella, a garden can make it all the more comfortable and cosy, and making the most of your garden is as important as the interior design of your new home.
Inspiration & Ideas
For those looking for ideas or places to start planning their new Elysian Fields, Andalusia is not without a generous selection of pretty and picture-perfect public gardens to be visited. As might be expected by anyone who knows something about the history of the region, Andalusian gardens are predominantly Moorish in their design owed to the hundreds of years that the Islamic Moors ruled in Spain.
A good starting point for those based on the Costa del Sol could be having a look around Malaga’s fine gardens such as the Jardín Botánico de la Concepción, which is a garden and forest of historical importance not far from Malaga’s centre. The garden features a range of different plant species and palm trees from far and wide and has been recognized as an Item of Cultural interest.
An atmosphere of opulence and grandeur can be felt on a visit to Granada’s Generalife, the gardens connected to the Alhambra Palace. While it might be almost impossible to recreate anything on the scale of these gardens with their systems of fountains and irrigation, mosaic pathways and clipped cypress hedges, creative and resourceful gardeners will be able to draw from the Generalife and its patterns, colours and use of foliage.
For anyone looking to improve a courtyard area, or even brightening up a garden wall, Cordoba could be a good place to take a look around. The Patios of Cordoba are UNESCO-listed for their unique community charm. These patios show how tastefully courtyard areas can be brought to life with the use of potted and hanging plants and flowers. In May of every year there is also a festival in Cordoba featuring a competition for the best kept patio. In Cordoba it’s also worth visiting the Viana Palace with its gorgeous arrangements of gardens and patios dating back to the 17th century.
The Royal Alcazar of Seville, or Reales Alcázares, is another place of historical interest, and is visited regularly by the Spanish Royal family to this day. This site has seen Arabic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque influences and the history can be felt though the range of styles in the gardens. The gardens include the Charles V garden, the Flower Courtyard, the Dance Garden, the English Garden and the Poets Garden. Gardening inspiration to be gotten from here, aside from the use of plants and arrangements, may be the wonderful fragrances from the different herbs and citrus fruits.
Conditions for gardening in Spain, and especially on the Mediterranean coast, would seem to be near perfect. Mild winters that make frost a rarity, warm summers and an abundance of sunshine are all great news for anyone that has green thumbs.
But for some reasons gardening may still be a slight challenge in this part of the world. Conditions within the region can be quite variable due to the landscape and geography creating many local micro-climates, so it is a good idea to check the particular conditions of your garden before you begin the planning stages.
Factors that can cause different micro-climates and affect growing conditions range from the latitude, to the proximity to the coast, to the soil and in the case of a slope, it is essential to know whether it is north- or south-facing. Sunshine and shade are also important factors that affect the chances of growing many plants.
There are some plants which can be found throughout Mediterranean regions that do not have too much difficulty growing. Bougainvillea, begonia, hibiscus, jasmine and oleander are among these common to southern Spain. The bright and vivid colours can do much to enliven a garden, even when contrasted with paler tones.
Cypress hedges are also found throughout the area and can be useful for edging borders with a clipped finish as one can see at the Generalife. Herbs can also be used for the same effect.
If the garden is warm enough all year round, then cacti and succulents like agave or aloe may be suitable if they complement the arrangement.
If you’re looking to find a beautiful garden in the south of Spain and a property for sale on the Costa del Sol or villas for sale In Marbella to go with it, the best place to start is with an experienced and reliable real estate agent. Europrestige are here to help you find the home of your dreams.