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Did you ever wonder if exclusively internationals tent to share a community habitat? Or might the same apply to intercultural gardens housing flowers, trees, and meadows? 

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

The Algarve lifestyle provides an equally impressive 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. On the contrary, tulips or violets from back home are very sensitive in the south of Europe. “Back home” refers to the rather rainy, relatively weak sunshine areas of central/northern Europe. Which primarily motivates internationals to relocate to the Algarve.


Intercultural gardens
Olive trees instead of Banans


Southern Climate Zone

Under these circumstances, flowers that resist in this southern climate zone are, for example, the widely spread hibiscus or the tender yet edible natal plum. Similarly is the splendid Chilean jasmine. To explain, those are water retentive while serving extremely well as color drops in your garden.

Another beautiful thought many children have when imagine the southern country: bananas, instead of domestic Olive trees. As grown-ups, we realize they grow likely in actual tropical regions.

Still, suppose the intercultural garden should obtain some tropical influences. In that case, the Banana tree brings tasty fruits for those who know how to keep the roots warm in winter. As a result, children and grandchildren alike will profit gladly from the harvest.



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

Only during the winter season, when the rainfall begins. Then it gets seasonally green in the Algarve. The rest of the time, lawns obtain a stable water bill. Another disadvantage: they boost viruses and infections, requiring additional treatment.


Intercultural gardens
Water retentive alternatives to lawns

Concluding, to cultivate the intercultural garden further requires plenty of personal interest and research—practically 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. The best we can do is to preserve our wildlife, as generations did wisely before us.

You need experienced assistance for planting, designing, or maintaining? Your intercultural gardener, Vital Gardens, is ready here in the Algarve. Please feel free to contact us.

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