Gardening in Spain

FlowersIf you buy a house in Spain you will probably also have a garden around your new Spanish home or at least some ground where you can make a pretty Spanish garden.

As the climate in Spain is typical for the Mediterranean zone, with wet winters and dry summers, there are some things to consider if you want to have a pretty and cultivated Mediterranean garden in Spain You have to learn to take advantage of winter rain and to allow the garden to rest over the hot summer. Therefore you have to choose plants that have evolved in a similar climate and soil. Palm and cypress trees, along with the olive, have traditionally been considered the defining and typical tree of the Mediterranean garden as they only have moderate to low water usage and can stand the sun and hot summers. Furthermore they provide cooling shade.

Another tree that does well with less watering is the Chinese elm but you should consider that it can reach 30 feet (about 9 metres tall within 5 years and ultimately grow to a height of 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 metres so that you will need a quite big garden.

OrangesOther typical plants for gardens in Spain that you can see all around southern Spain and along the Spanish Coasts are several sorts of fruit trees like lemon or orange trees. Depending on the Spanish region you live in you can also cultivate bananas but they need more care.

Of course you can plant all sorts of cactuses and succulents because as typical desert plants they do well with little watering and are used to hot temperatures and a lot of sun.

If you want to have some bloomers and more colours in your Spanish garden you have to make sure that they can survive the hot summers in Spain The Bougainvillea for example grows beautifully in the warm-winter areas and provides brilliant colours in red, pink, gold and orange throughout the whole summer and once established it has low water usage. When you plant a bougainvillea you should take special care not to disturb the roots. The root ball is easily damaged and the damage will kill the plant.

Once chosen the right and suitable plants for your garden in Spain you should help them to survive drought by placing them where they are sheltered from the strongest sun and worst winds. It is also important to prepare the soil thoroughly to enable it to retain more soil moisture and you should mulch heavily and repeatedly.

GardenIn the outskirts of the most Spanish cities you can find Garden Centres where you can buy all the materials you need to make your pretty garden in Spain There you will also find plants but you should consider buying your plants in a special nursery. They may be more expensive but also healthier and furthermore in a nursery you will find someone that can give you advise what plants to grow and how to care for them.

If you do not have any experience with gardening in Spain it would be wise to search for some information before starting with making your garden. You can search in the Internet or look for a book about gardening. There are some really helpful books about gardening in general and you can also find some special ones about gardening in Spain or in zones with Mediterranean Climate.

If you do not have a green thumb but want to have a nice garden around your new Spanish Property you can find help at special companies providing you a full service. They will design your garden, search the right plants and will help you to grow them. They can give you tips on watering and nutrition and if you want they will also provide a gardener caring for your garden, either part time or full time. These services may be quite expensive depending on the company and the service they provide but you will have the guarantee to be owner of a special, individual and really pretty Mediterranean Garden in Spain.