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GardeningGardensLandscapingPlantsClimate change affecting our flora– globally vs. Algarve in 2020
Today the topic of climate change and its many consequences are on everyone’s lips. More importantly, it is how we individuals and garden owners handle affecting factors. We can responsibly change the climate with our everyday routine. To prevent affecting our flora and Algarve, we could find solutions in Japanese Zen or dry gardens.


Reading headlines about the drought in Africa, South America, or Australia while simultaneously watering our abundant green areas for decoration purposes, showcases a lack of interest in globally emerging climate change. Referring to the saying: “someone else’s hand does not itch.” 


In this week’s topic, we are going to discuss, if the ecological usage of water in our Algarve flora indeed measures up.


Research on the topic of water supply in the Algarve shows: the water crisis persists from the late decades of the 20th century. According to the conference Ravage of the Planet in 2006, the Algarve region is having intermittent periods with short and sharp floods in the winter and a long dry period in the summer. Besides, there may be extreme events such as inter-annual periods of drought. Currently, this topic is still on the daily schedule.


What were the past efforts made?


Concerning the implementation of new behavioral patterns. With water-saving and ecological water usage in everyday routine. Is it just a rumor that each of us can contribute to our vegetation’ well-being, hence the global climate? Or should we try first by educating ourselves? Preferably by implementing the change with our own home and garden.


How can we contribute?


Ecological garden
Plumeria celandine

It is planting more flora that suits our Algarve climate. Such as dry ecological gardens or drought-resistant plants. At first unfamiliar, however, with the right expertise, it brings double bonuses to your garden. Firstly, savings each month – secondly, less maintenance with native plants. The Mediterranean garden style in the Algarve contributes to your wallet and the flora.

The selection of drought-resistant plants is surprisingly rich. Particularly bright colored flowers such as various gladiolas and plumeria celandine shine. (Also known as the exotic flower see picture).

An illustration is the red tecomaria. Similarily, glossing colors your heart desires such as green silks: famous lavender or even better butterfly lavender (see picture).

Dry garden
Butterfly lavender




Concerning climate, the dry ecological garden or Japanese Zen garden aims to reduce the lawns. Globally, those alternatives are very well accepted. The central role with given garden styles is to focus on several pathways. Those guide through the entire garden, which is then densely planted around by small garden islands.


Dry ecological garden


The dry garden can be full of softly moving grasses or richly arranged succulents—Mediterranean trees, e.g., Olives/ dwarf fan palms (exceptionally water-resistant). Another possibility is to center the evenly combed gravel area and plant fruit trees around—for instance, fruitful fig-trees, pomegranate, and Japanese persimmon trees with its delicious Kaki fruit.


Japanese Zen garden


Esthetic standards for symmetry set high with the dimensionally straighten Japanese Zen garden. Here the pebble stones are decoratively combed. Decorative framed by bamboo with matching clay figures that serve as water storage.

Overall, chances to support Algarve flora by arranging the water consumption wisely, are actionable. We can help our environments by contributing to the Algarve. Together globally, to preserve the natural resources on our beautiful planet. Working collectively, we can maintain the beauty and benefits of our vegetation for future generations. Feel inspired and want to find a reliable partner in this regard? Please get in touch with us.

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