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Index of Gardening in Spain

Gardening Spain Index of Gardening in Spain from top Horticulturist Marc Vijverberg resident here in Spain, Gardening Spain for you

gardening Sweet-PotatoesHow To Grow Sweet Potatoes.

.Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest and easiest vegetables you can grow.


gardening no dig gardenNo Dig Gardens Gardening  Spain

No dig garden No dig gardens are just the same as other gardens – just easier to build and maintain. Basically it is gardening inside a big, sandbox-type frame of wood or other permanent material.

gardening companian gardening mixedCompanion Planting

Companion planting can play a significant role in assisting with pest control. It is a methodology that has more to do with observation than science, but it does seem to work.

gardening Potatoes in white bucketsPotatoes in Pots on the Balcony or in your Spanish Garden
Potatoes inside pots Growing Potatoes in Buckets or any kind of container you have around, is very easy and virtually maintenance free In return you will have lovely fresh new potatoes.


gardening strawberry-plantStrawberries in Spain

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and have, gram for gram, more of it than a citrus fruit. One good handful delivers the daily recommended allowance as well as a long list of important minerals, fibre, and also provides 20% of our folic acid requirements. All that at about only 50 calories per serving of a generous handful

gardening Step 3 BarrelMake your own Rain Water Barrels for Irrigation in Spain Rain Water Barrels There are many different sized and shaped tanks available on the market, but they are usually quite expensive. You can easily make your own, low cost, rain barrel of a large garbage can, plastic barrel, wood barrel or similar. Basically anything that will hold water

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gardening Cordyline-fruticosaFoilage Plants in Spanish Gardens

Foliage plants Let us have a look at some foliage plants for all year colour suitable for your garden in Spain.

gardening Cannas largeCannas in Spain 

Cannas look fantastic in masses and also grow well in pots. A large flower pot full of cannas really brightens up a sunny patio or porch PLUS so easy to grow.

gardening bulb-TulipsTulips in Spain

Although tulips are associated with Holland, they originate from southern Europe to central Asia. After being described in a letter by the Dutch ambassador in Turkey in the 16th century, who was also a great floral enthusiast, tulips were brought to Europe.

gardening spanish-melonsGrow the juiciest melons ever and enjoy sweet, flavourful watermelons, muskmelons, and honeydew this summer!

There are few things better on a hot summer day than sitting down to juicy, home-grown melons.

gardening jacaranda treeThe beautiful, flowering Jacaranda trees
Spanish Trees

The blue jacaranda tree is one of the most popular trees that people love to grow because the delicate fern-like leaves and the purple flowers make them look like trees straight out of a fairytale.

echinacea deep redEchinacea in your Spanish Garden

Echinacea has been used as a healing herb for many centuries. It was the main medicinal herb used by Native Americans for more purposes than any other plant. The major use of echinacea nowadays is to treat colds and flu.

gardening bell-peppers-Green, yellow, red peppers, 1Easy Growing Bell Peppers in Spain

Bell peppers or sweet pepper is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum (chili pepper).

gardening Ginkgo biloba AutumnThe Ginkgo Tree Spanish Trees Gardening

Ginkgo biloba tree is another plant that is well known by its botanic name because of the modern day “smart pill” (said to improve concentration and short and long term memory) made of the Ginkgo leaves.

gardening firespikeFirespike Odontonema strictum

Firespike, Odontonema strictum, is also known as Cardinal Guard or Scarlet Flame.

This native of Mexico and Central America likes to show off its strikingly beautiful crimson flowers and lush, shiny foliage and is very easy to grow.

gardening Fig view on TreeFigs in a Spanish Garden Gardening  Spain Trees.
Fruit Trees in Spain.

Two crops of figs are potentially produced each year. The first, called the breba crop, develops in the spring on last year’s growth. In contrast, the main fig crop develops on the new growth and ripens in the late summer or fall.

gardening water-lillies-light-blueTropical water Lilies 

Water lilies are beautiful and with a pond, a large pot and a little bit of care, they can bring some real glamour to any tropical garden.

gardening Garlic bulbs hangingGarlic growing in Spain

Garlic, of course, best known as a cooking ingredient used for its wonderful taste. It would actually be better to say “tastes” plural since it can take on a completely different taste depending on how it is cooked – everything from a subtle sweet flavor to a strong almost overpowering one.

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Toad Lillies Tricytrtis Gardening  Spain

Toad lilies also make great cut flowers so you can have orchid like flowers in floral arrangements which lends a bit of the exotic to your other more ordinary cut flowers.

gardening acidanthera 1Acidanthera is a summer flower so fragrant, exotic-looking and lovely that it defies logic.

No rare pearl of great price, this summer bloomer is affordable, readily available and practically idiot-proof to grow.

gardening Animated Pineapple

Easy Growing Pineapples in Spain 

How to grow your own pineapples Pineapples can be grown very easily from the top of a pineapple that have been bought and eaten All varieties can be propagated in the same way.

gardening bees-Pollinating bee, 5
Keep honey bees from disappearing – create a bee-friendly garden using plants bees love.

Keep honey bees from disappearing – create a bee-friendly garden using plants they love, we should make sure we plant bee-friendly gardens.

gardening soil solarization STEP 3Solarize your soil.

Soil solarization One of the best nonchemical ways to get rid of weeds, and some diseases and pests, is to solarize your soil.

gardening roses llustrationRose Puning in Spain

Rose Pruning Winter time is the correct time to prune those roses in your garden.

gardening african-violets-2

African Violets Gardening  Spain.

African violets are one of the easiest indoor plants to grow once you are aware of a couple of their very simple requirements.

gardening apple-pruning-EspalierPruning Apple Trees In Spain
Gardening  Spain.Fruit Trees in Spain

Apple trees are great because they are so versatile. They offer several varieties, shapes and sizes allowing us to use them in just about any garden situation, even if we only have a small patio area.

gardening lilly-of-the-valley

Lilly of The Valley Gardening  Spain.

Lily-of-the-Valley  Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a popular garden plant, grown for its scented flowers.

gardening rockery-1How to Build a Rockery Spanish Gardening

Building a rockery is not difficult and they are great features for the garden, with a huge choice of rock types and sizes.

The plants that are normally planted – and grow well – in rockeries, are those which are happy in dry areas; Succulents, cacti, grasses, bulbs, ground covers,flowering plants, etc.

gardening pond-2Small or Large Spanish Ponds
Gardening  Spain.

Spanish ponds Water gardens or garden ponds are a decorative and entertaining addition to your garden.

gardening Meercat LanternGarden Lighting in Spain Spanish Gardening

Night lighting may come from fire (eg. a BBQ,bonfire or lamp), moonlight, solar or electric lights. Often it comes from a combination of sources. Garden Lighting Gardening in Spain.

gardening bulb-Gladiolus

Bulb Maintenance Gardening  Spain

Most bulbs do not require much maintenance, but it is important to do the little things that help the bulb return year after year.

gardening silk-floss-seeds-in-podCollecting and Storing Seeds
Spanish Gardening

Spanish seed collecting Saving flower seeds is a lot of fun and it is easy to do, because most flower seeds store well until the following spring and summer, when you can sow them.

gardening bush-beans-1Bush Beans
Spanish Gardening

Bush Beans  There are many varieties of bush beans to choose from. They can be green, yellow, or purple and come in all kinds of shapes and sizes so you can add a variety of textures and colour to your dinner plate.

gardening mealy bugMealybugs
Spanish Gardening

Mealy bugs Their populations can creep up on you and be difficult to control. This is why it is important to treat plants once you find this pest.

gardening Almond trees, 4Almond Trees
Spanish Trees Gardening

The almond trees (Prunus dulcis) is a small to medium sized deciduous fruit tree It is one of the first trees to flower at the close of winter and in February over large parts of Spain.

gardening benissa greenSpanish Green Lawn Gardening
You CAN grow a real green grass lawn in Spain if you choose the right type of grass!! Spanish Green Lawns. Spanish Gardening.

gardening PoinsettiaPoinsettias or Christmas stars (Euphorbia pulcherrima) Poinsettias Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America and can be kept indoors as house plants or, in our mild climate, be utilized as colourful landscape shrubs, easily reaching 2-4m.

Spanish Gardening

gardening aloe veraaAloe Vera

Aloe is a succulent (Liliaciae Sub species aloinae), a member of the lily and onion family, also related to garlic and asparagus, of which there are more than three hundred varieties but of which only a few had medicinal properties. It is generally accepted that the most potent is Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller. Spanish Gardening.

gardening water-lillies-pink-groupWater Lillies

Water lilies are beautiful and with a pond, a large pot and a little bit of care, they can bring some real glamour to any tropical garden.

gardening potatoes-Potatoes, 2Potatoes

Potatoe (Solanum tuberosum), also known as Irish potatoes, are a staple food for many people and the most commonly grown tuber crop.

Unknown to most, the potatoe originated in Peru or Bolivia, were brought to Spain by the early explorers and spread rapidly throughout Europe.

gardening pistachio nutsPistachio Nut Trees Spanish Trees

Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees. Flourishing in hot climates, pistachios spread from the Middle East to the Spanish Mediterranean.

gardening persimon-treePersimon Fruit Trees

The Persimon has a gorgeous yellowy orange coloured skin that is easily peeled away to reveal the sweet orange flesh.

Spanish Trees Fruit Trees in Spain.

gardening SEA THRIFT

Sea Thrift

Armeria maritima, better known as Sea Thrift or Sea Pink.

gardening wild-flower-Asphodelus-fistulosisSpanish Wild Flowers

There is an abundance of colourful wild flowers everywhere here in Spain  along the roads in the campo and of course in the woods.

gardening ground-cover-5-mauveGround Cover

Ground covers are usually creeping, sprawling or clumping plants, but can also include low growing shrubs and perennials, if they spread to cover the area.

gardening kiwi-fruit-Kiwi, 2

Kiwi Fruit Trees
Spanish Trees Fruit Trees in Spain.

kiwi fruit Kiwi tree fruits were introduced to the western world at the beginning of the 20th century.

gardening hedge-BerberisSpanish Hedges

Hedges are more eco-friendly, providing colour, and habitat for birds and bees.

gardening hakeas pink white olderHakeas

Most hakeas are small to medium shrubs, but some can reach small tree proportions.

gardening curry tree berries

Curry Leaf Tree

The curry leaf tree in Spain, a native of India, is a small, evergreen tree in the citrus family (Rutaceae) with very pungent aromatic leaves. They have a distinct, spicy curry-like flavour and generally go by the name curry leaves.

gardening Fennel plantFennel The Herb

Fennel Mediterranean Herb  Fennel is a gorgeous Mediterranean perennial herb with a delicate aniseed flavour and is often used in Mediterranean dishes.
Herbs in Spain

gardening camelliasCamellias

“Camellias are amongst the world’s best flowering plants. They are hardy and disease resistant, most varieties have attractive, glossy green foliage, and they put on their fabulous flower display in the cooler months of the year when the rest of the garden often looks dull and bare”

gardening persimonPersimmon Fruit Trees

“Persimmon” or “KAKI Persimmon” is the flavoursome Spanish variety (and registered trade mark) of the traditional, classic Kaki, or Persimmon (with a double ‘m’),
Fruit Trees in Spain.

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Vanilla Cultivation

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, next to saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labour-intensive.

gardening Rose Tree CuttingsRose Tree Cuttings.

Rose Tree Cuttings  in Spain. There are four different ways of propagating roses- seed-sowing, layering, budding, and taking cuttings (hardwood and softwood).

gardening avocado-avocado_treeAvocado Trees

Always plant avocado tree where they will get full sun and in well-drained soil They do not like wet feet so allow the soil to dry a bit in between watering

Fruit Trees in Spain.

gardening spanis-sedum Spanish Winter Evergreen Plants.

Spanish Winter Evergreens October and November just before it gets colder here in Spain is time to plan your winter Spanish garden.

gardening Butterfly-Gardens-Spain Butterfly Gardens

Plant your butterfly garden in a sunny location, but sheltered from the winds. Butterflies use sunlight to regulate their body temperature.

Spanish Gardens

gardening Plumeria-TreeScented Plumeria Trees

Plumerias spectacular colours, enchanting fragrances, and several hundred different tree varieties all combine to make these stunning plants a real “Tropical Gardener´s” delight.
Trees in Spain

gardening sage-Pink sageSage

Sage has been valued over the centuries by many cultures and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant.

gardening hibiscosHibiscus Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus is a deciduous, flowering shrub with large showy flowers (in single or double flowering form, with solid colours or bicolours) that blooms all summer long.Trees in Spain.

gardening Dance PlantThe Dance Plant.

Dance Plant Have you ever watched a plant move all by itself? The unusual Desmodium gyrans, also known as the ‘Dance plant’, is another of the few plants in the world that visibly – and quickly – moves its leaves

Spanish Gardens

gardening Castot bean redCastor Bean Plant

You have probably seen this exotic plant before, it is gorgeous with its large, boldly coloured leaves, but look out – it is the highly toxic Castor bean plant (Ricinus communis).

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How to make Wasp and Fly Traps

Wasp Traps How to keep wasps and Fly’s away by making a natural and beautiful fly or wasp catcher with a plastic bottle and fruit juice.
that work.

Sturts-Rose gardeningSturt’s Desert Rose

Sturts desert rose has also been known as Darling River rose, cotton rosebush and Australian cotton.

peacock-flower gardeningPeacock Flower Tree Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Peacock flower tree is very easy to grow in alkaline to acidic, well-drained soils. This is a fast growing plant and moderately tolerant of salty conditions.

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Allergies gardening

Flower Pollen Allergies

Flower Pollen Allergies Gardening in Spain Pollen and mould spores from many plants can trigger asthma attacks, hay-fever and other allergies.

Plasic-Bottle gardeningBuilding a bottle tower for container gardening This is very eco friendly idea and way of gardening. Plus very interesting to watch growing your very fresh Vegetables to eat, or just to grow bright pretty flowers.

Graviola Soursop Fruit Spain gardening Grow your own. Soursop
commonly called “graviola A Natural Cancer Cell Killer?

Graviola Tree Soursop commonly called graviola A Natural Cancer Cell Killer? See the video plus read about it yourself.

patio-grapes gardening

Grapes in Spain.

Growing grapes in containers is probably the best way for the amateur gardener and in Spain you will often see grapes growing on patios.

Mophead-hydrangea gardening Growing Hydrangeas in Spain

Hydrangea macrophyllas have two distinct forms to their blooms. The one most often encountered in gardens is the mophead or hortensia hydrangea, which has a mass of coloured sterile florets that form a round head.

Olives-Spain gardeningOlive Oil

A severe shortage of olive oil has some foodies worried.
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blue-blueberry_harvest gardeningBlueberries in Spain

The blueberry plants are both edible as well as decorative, and are very attractive shrubs.

Orange-in-pot-Spain gardening

Orange Trees

How to grow Orange Trees from pips or grafting methods.  Just watch the videos.

brown-squirrel-gravel gardening

Tree squirrels are really cute – in fact some of their antics can be downright adorable.


Rose Tree CuttingsHow to take Plant cuttings for propagation

Plant cuttings are a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for  propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil.

GeraniumGeranium Propergation Info plus videos of how to.

Geranium Propergation   Pelargoniums, commonly known as geraniums, are a large, diverse group of mostly evergreen and tender plants used as bedding or houseplants.

Orange-SeedlingSeed Propagation Do It Yourself.

Seed Propagation can be great fun. All you need is a bit of patience and a sunny windowsill to get you started. We bring you info and videos of how and when.

orchid monkey

Orchid Growing Tips Orchids like to live in bright shady position in the Villa or Apartment to avoid any damage to them. They are one of the easiest house plants to care for.


Hemp Cannabis growing for your own personal use. Growing Cannabis can be easily grasped by remembering that it is a plant.

Brugmansia-1 Angel’s trumpet Brugmansia 

Angel’s trumpet Brugmansia is a heat-loving tropical or subtropical shrub that likes warm (80 -85 degrees F) days and cool nights.

ginger root flower

Growing ginger

in containers is fairly easy. The plant will give out a wonderful scent and enhance the area it is growing in. Watch the videos to learn how.

mint pot

Mint tips on how to grow from cuttings in pots

They are fast-growing, extending their reach along surfaces through a network of runners.

Try a pot on the balcony, there are many varieties all with different flavours that you can try. With our climate they grow well in Spain.

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Marigolds, African Marigolds, Tagetes erecta, the Mexican marigold, also called Aztec marigold, is a species of the genus Tagetes native to Mexico.


seeds petunias

Petunias from seed for your garden.

Petunias from seed cultivate them yourself in a warm place such as a sunny windowsill. Enjoy seeing them come to life and germinate. Plant out when ready.

Dwarf Tamarind TreeTamarind Tree is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to Italy and Spain. The tamarind tree grows easily in Spain and requires little care. The fruiting season is October, November, December. Native to Madagascar

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Summer is here, and all over the globe people are experiencing above average temperatures. Many of us are having well over 30° C days and very warm nights. Because of this, many of our normal colourful summer annuals have faded in their vigor and beauty.

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Flora of the Mediterranean: An Illustrated Guide (Illustrated Guides)

Mediterranean flora

The Mediterranean a land of blues skies, warm sunshine, rugged mountains and azure seas.

Yet this familiar image conceals another Mediterranean a secret landscape populated by a dazzling variety of wild flowers and plants, from spectacular orchids and ancient olive trees to delicate snowdrops and hardy cacti.

The good news is that while many plants and flowers seem to be fainting away, there are others that really thrive under these conditions. The tough-as-nails flowering plants in this week´s and next week´s article will provide the colour you want, while tolerating the most intolerable summer heat.
So without further ado, here are some suggestions to replace stressed and faded plant material in your landscape that will also conserve water, while looking like a million dollars in full, hot sun (Or cut out and keep the articles for choosing next year´s summer flowers):

African Daisy (Arctotis)

Ideal for Gardening in Spain

Plants originated in southern Africa. Arctotis species have lobed leaves that are rough, hairy or woolly. Their flower heads usually have a contrasting ring of colour around their central eye. Come in a variety of colours: White, pink, orange, yellow, and red.

Low growing, plant for mass colour, 2 plants can quickly cover an entire planter bed. Beautiful for the border where the flowers are produced in profusion throughout the summer, and excellent for cutting.

Western Bitterweed (Hymenoxys odorata)

Ideal for Gardening in Spain

Golden yellow flowers on stems to 1 feet (30 cm) high. Narrow, grassy, aromatic leaves form small tufts about 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 1 foot (30 cm) wide.

Somewhat similar to thrift (Armeria) in appearance. Flowers have rays with notched edges. Attractive in containers. Plant always flowers even in full 38° C sun; it doesn’t care – it will grow in a crack in the concrete!

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)

Ideal for Gardening in Spain

This is an annual gaillardia. It is a low-growing, colourful plant with flowers in warm colours that appears fringed. Stems are single and arise from a taproot. Plant is 1.5 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm) tall and 1 ft. (30 cm) wide. Flowers come in warm shades of red, yellow, and gold. Easy to grow. Come in single and double flowered varieties.

Butter Daisy (Melampodium paludosum)

Ideal for Gardening in Spain

This annual grows from 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm) tall, with equal spread, and produces abundant, yellow, daisy-like flowers. It does best in full sun and well-drained soil. It excels in the heat and dry conditions of the summer. Very easy to grow.

Cockscomb (Celosia cristata)

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