How was it for you ? advice and suggestions on what you can grow

The latest article in the series on gardening on the Algarve. This time by experienced gardener Burford Hurry.

Burford advises us to observe those plants that come along without our intervention and provide colour and interest through the spring and early summer.

The above article is taken from The Dry Gardening Handbook written by dry garden authority, Olivier Filippi. It is also available on the web site of  The Mediterranean Garden Society.  The book is one of many featured in Reading for Mediterranean Gardeners, in the right hand menu listing pages of information.

growing the in the garden of Burford Hurry, Loule, Algarve


MGS members from the Algarve are writing a series of articles in one of our local papers on the joys of getting rid of, or of never having, a lawn !! You can see these on the following links and there are more to follow ….. if you would like to contribute, please contact Rosie Peddle with your views on life without a lawn ! Article links will be added as they are published.

Tamsin Varley

Rosie Peddle

Elspeth Flood

Chris & Clive Dagnall

Lou & Brenda Rutter

Jan & Nigel Chapman

MGS members in the Central Algarve have sent their photos of their new project.

“I’m finally sitting down and forwarding the pictures of our changed garden.

We have now been members of the Mediterranean Garden Society for about a year, which has inspired us to change our garden with traditional lawn (requiring lots of watering), into a waterwise Mediterranean garden. The project took place in October and took three weeks.

All the grass was removed and replaced with larger flowerbeds and gravel/sand. Approximately 350 new plants were planted all of them naturally very draught tolerant. So far we have saved a lot on the monthly waterbill (there has been a lot of help from above though!)

We are very pleased with the result both visually, economically and regarding maintenance.”

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