Gardening in Moraira

Creating a garden in Spain

When you buy a property in Spain,
once the interior is developed to your satisfaction, you’ll want a garden that
looks as good and is appropriate for an outside lifestyle. There are many ways
to approach this and I’d just like to pass on some ideas I have come across.

Most plots here are not flat, so
it’s surely a good idea to create steps, pathways and terraces that utilise
natural slopes. Many Moraira villas have terraced gardens of various
sizes that give either shade or sunshine according to the time of day.
Comfortable cushioned chairs and a small table make an excellent seating area
for reading or relaxing with a cup of coffee. Then there are interesting
materials that can be used on these terraces to make them really attractive,
like


natural stone in an informal crazy
paving style – running this same stone through all steps and paths.


Then coloured pots can be positioned
to add interest to the terraces, perhaps planted with colourful sweet smelling
geraniums. On the other hand, if there’s a terrace where you enjoy an evening
glass of wine or two, be sure to place a plant called "Galan de Noche” nearby.
In English it’s called “Lady of the Night” and that’s because its little white
flowers release their intoxicating scent at night.


”MsoNormal">Planting shrubs at an early stage of
garden development is a good idea to quickly create shade and wind protection.
The evergreen Oliander is a good choice for this purpose. It’s hardy and
drought tolerant and will grow into a large tree-like shrub. Flowers can be
white, pink or red. One slight negative is that it’s poisonous, if the nectar
is sucked or the leaves are chewed, so even if you’re hungry, don’t do
that!  Another evergreen shrub that will
look good is Callistemon or Bottlebrush. As the name implies, the red flowers
are bristly like a brush for cleaning bottles. It will grow to a couple of
meters in height, and will look very impressive. That’s also true of sun loving
Hibiscus plants, and here it’s the range of flower colours that’s impressive


Bignonia Campsis is a favourite
since it flowers in early spring and lasts all summer. It blooms in clusters
and each tubular shaped flower on the cluster is some 8cm long in a beautiful
deep fiery orange colour. Ideally for Spain, it doesn’t want to be
over-watered, and will cover a wall, a fence or a pergola in no time at all,
giving welcome shade to the spot


Another plant that will grow and
cover speedily, is the trusty.Bougainvillea. Its flower colour range is
excellent, the most common being a gorgeous magenta – but crimson, deep maroon,
orange, pink and white are also readily available.


Another “must have” range of plants,
especially for seating areas and the entrance to the property, are those with
perfume. Here you are urged to consider jasmines, roses, lavenders, gardenias,
mock oranges, stephanotis and the fast growing frangipani vine, along with
freesias and lilies.


”MsoNormal">There are lots of centres around
that produce and sell statues in a variety of shapes and forms – from small
animals, elves (I hesitate to call then gnomes) and toadstalls to elegant toga
clad ladies holding urns or playing an instrument. We opted for this latter
category.


If your garden site is indeed
sloping, then it’s a good idea to build a few retaining walls, especially
around your terrace areas, then back-filling them with topsoil will give you
useful planting areas, with rocks forming attractive compartments for pretty
trailing evergreen plants with remarkable and colourful flowers.


Of course, flowers are an essential
ingredient of your garden, but don’t forget the architectural types of plants –
like aloes and cordylines. They can be as stunning as any bed of flowers.


We have, with some reluctance,
decided against ponds or water features in our garden. The fear of providing
breeding facilities for mosquitos outweighed our love of the sound of trickling
water around our reading
locations.

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Posted by on 12/04/2013 19:59:00

Strelitizia Reginae plant

Strelitizia (bird of Paradise plant)

Strelitizia (bird of Paradise plant)

This plant is a must for any garden on the Costa Blanca and will be ideal in any Moraira or Javea garden. It has very distinctive spiky yellow and orange flowers which give the appearance of bird crests, they are very unusual and if cut last a long time in water.
They are excellent grown in pots or in the garden and the foliage is evergreen and has large spear like leaves in a grey-green.

The plant is a member of the banana family so will only tolerate a light frost and temperatures below -2 degrees Centograde coluld damage the flowers and leaves. They need rich soil and frequent feeding. The plant flowers during spring and autumn and winter.

They are readily available in garden centres throughout the Costa Blanca. Many Moraira villas and Javea properties enjoy this plant.

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Posted by on 01/11/2009 16:44:00

Mahonia (Oregon Grape)

Plants for Moraira Properties

Plants for Moraira Properties

This is very distinctive plant and gives a beautiful splash of colour in the winter with bunches of yellow flowers in spikes on the tops of the branches. The plant has dark prickly leaves similar to holly but not quite so prickly and when the flowers have finished, produces blue-black berries which are popular with birds.
It makes a beautiful ornamental plant in any moraira or javea garden and is available at most garden centres.

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Posted by on 01/11/2009 16:40:00

Arbutus Unedo (Strawberry tree)

Moraira Strawberry Tree

Moraira Strawberry Tree

This is a beautiful evergreen tree which bears small clusters of very pretty bell like white flowers in late autumn and at the same time has very bright ornamental yellow strawberries which turn a very bright red.

These strawberries are edible but are very dry and do not have much flavour.

This tree looks extremely attractive in any garden and the leaves are attractive in the winter as they are dark and quite shiny. They do not transplant well, so always buy a container grown one.

These plants are readily available in most garden centres.

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Posted by on 01/03/2009 16:21:00

Moraira Poinsettia

Moraira Poinsettia

Moraira Poinsettia

This is a beautifully dramatic red plant which is very popular at Christmas. The red plant is the most common but there are similar varieties with very pale green and white leaves, or pink leaves which are also very attractive. They make good house or naya plants and need feeding during their flowering season. The poinsettia likes plenty of light and warm temperatures. Once it has produced its coloured leaves it is happy with temperatures around 10 degrees centigrade.
If the plant is kept indoors it likes plenty of light but total darkness at night.

There is also an outdoor poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) which grows into quite a large tree of up to 10 feet.

These plants are readily available in most garden centres.

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Posted by on 01/03/2009 16:16:00

Moraira Thymus Vulgaris

Thymus

Thymus

This plant is a very useful herb to grow in the garden.
The plant is quite compact with small grey/green leaves and in midsummer has clumps of purple flowers.

It is readily available in most garden centres.

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Posted by on 12/12/2008 14:35:00

Rosemary Officinalis

Moraira Rosemary

Moraira Rosemary

This is a very useful plant for cooks and makes a decorative and aromatic plant in the garden. It is particularly good grown in pots as this keeps the plant compact and it does not get too straggly.
The plant is evergreen with attractive grey/green leaves and pretty pink/lilac flowers.

The plant is very reasonably priced and is available in most garden centres.

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Posted by on 12/11/2008 14:33:00

Plumbago

Plumbago Plant

Plumbago Plant

This is a most beautiful shrub with pale, deep blue or white flowers. It can be trained to be a climber, a spreading shrub and can even be used as a hedge.
It flowers late summer and likes full sun. It needs light watering.

These plants are readily available in garden centres.

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Posted by on 12/10/2008 14:31:00

Agarve Atenuata

Agarve Atenuata

Agarve Atenuata

This is an outstanding structural plant with wide grey leaves. Many agarves have quite dangerous spikes at the ends of the leaves but this partu¡icular variety has quite soft fleshy type leaves and is most attractive.
A bonus with this plant is that it will produce babies which can be removed and repotted.

It requires almost no watering.

They are readily available in garden centres.

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Posted by on 12/05/2008 14:19:00

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

This is a very beautiful plant with quite exotic flowers, either in pale pink, cerise or white.
These plants like a fairly shady place in the garden and should be watered regularly from the base. They flower late summer and will go on flowering through the autumn. Give them a feed once a week whilst flowering.

They are extremely reasonable in price and are readily available in garden centres. These also come in miniature form.

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Posted by on 12/05/2008 14:17:00