Having a bright, colourful, English country garden in southern Spain is not possible. Simply due to the climatic conditions. It is dry and gets less than half the rainfall of northern Europe. Too much heat. But getting your garden blooming is very achievable once you understand the climate and the Mediterranean conditions that must be respected. We all know plants can embellish the interiors and exteriors of your home, and they can make your apartment or villa more comfortable and add colour to your garden, terrace, or balcony.
The key to a successful garden is knowing what types of plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables you can grow. And if you don’t know…. getting to know your local plant supplier is the only way to learn. Cristobal at “Viveros Contreras” located in San Enrique is very good start. Cristobal has offerings outside the tree and shrub products, and include perennials, rose bushes and other plants, as well as flower bulbs, seeds and is a complete garden centre. He is very friendly, and his family-run business is popular due to customer satisfaction, referrals and repeat business. Viveros Contreras offers competitively priced products. And, if too large to take home in your own vehicle, will deliver.
Being a real estate broker gives me first-hand the opportunity to see some incredibly beautiful properties and their spectacular gardens. However, I am not a gardener and I have never seen myself as the gardening sort. Plants and I just don’t seem to get along. I have lost so many plants I now accept I do not have green fingers. But, living in Sotogrande, where the weather permits one to be outdoors all year, one cannot but want a garden. Whether you have a villa with a large plot or an apartment with a terrace, the idea of being in southern Spain, in Sotogrande not getting inspired to have a garden is difficult to do.
With some hard work and dedication, your new Spanish garden or terrace will flourish.