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GardeningGardensLandscapingPlantsThe intercultural garden – how does it work in the Algarve?

Did you ever wonder, if only internationals tent to share a habitat for intercultural interactions? Or might the same apply to intercultural gardens with flowers, trees, and meadows? 

In this first New Year’s blog in 2020, we are going to reveal more about this exciting lifestyle of the healthy and vital Algarve flora, which is gifting us the daily joy we are looking for in our intercultural setting.


The Algarve lifestyle provides an equally interesting as well diverse lifestyle for inhabitants of all kinds. However, are all intercultural gardens capable of baring the changes in climate as we humans do?


Starting with the flowers, it is noticeable that predominantly robust flower types easier stand the southern climate. Tulips or violets, one is used to from back home (the rather rainy, rather weak in sunshine areas of central/northern Europe, which motivates Algarve internationals to settle over here), is very sensitive in the south of Europe.

Flowers that resist in this southern climate zone are, for example, the widely spread hibiscus, the tender yet edible natal plum, or the splendid Chilean jasmine incline to be water retentive while serving extremely well as color drops in your garden.

Another beautiful thought, many children had when imagining the southern atmosphere, is the yellow-shining appetizing banana. As grown-ups, we understand they likely cultivate only in actual tropical regions.

Still, if the intercultural garden should obtain some tropical influences, the Banana tree brings tasty fruits, for those who know how to keep the roots warm in winter… Children and grandchildren alike will profit gladly from the harvest.

Another aspect to consider in your intercultural garden are the lush, soft, and entirely covered green meadows, familiar from back home. Those are not natural to a rather dry Algarve climate.

Only during the winter season when the rainfall begins, the full splendor gives pleasure to the owner. For the rest of the time, it obtains a stable water bill, boosts viruses, and infections requiring additional treatment.

To cultivate the intercultural garden further, it requires plenty of personal interest, research, and certainly the wish to harvest harmony to your surroundings, instead of cyclical troubleshooting.

The acclimatization process of us humans can proceed from days to weeks, over to months. In the Algarve flora, the natural cycle repeats, and the best we can do is to try to preserve our natural kingdom, as generations did wisely before us.

If you might feel in need of the experienced assistance for planting, designing or maintaining your intercultural garden here in the Algarve, please kindly feel free to get in touch with us.

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