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Joined: Feb 22, 2006 Posts: 337 Location: Fylde coast,uk & St.Maria de Nieva
Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:23 pm Post subject: Shrubs etc.
Hi, I have a new house,with about 1 metre paved all around it.Can I plant shrubs such as Bouganvillea close up to the house wall? In the UK we are advised not to do ,because it may damage the foundations,but I have noticed that most houses in Spain have them so close. Also,I will be putting a retaining wall up in the back,about 2metres high,with a smaller one in front,about1 metre high.I want to use the space inbetween to put soil in,and small shrubs,plants etc,.Would this work,even with a little citrus tree?
Can I grow a Bouganvillea in a pot,to train it up the house wall.Would it grow high enough,or should I put it into the ground (or pot)about 1 metre away from the wall(I dont really want to smash up the new tiling around the house).I should add,the water and sewage pipes are in that area.Will it affect them?
I am at Sta Maria,just up from Huercal Overa;will a bouganvillea grow up here,or is it better in somewhere like Mojacar? Any help appreciated. Di.
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Joined: Jan 22, 2004 Posts: 2151 Location: near Albox
Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:38 pm Post subject:
Yes, you can grow a Bouganvillea in a pot but a LARGE pot, sort of 1 metre diameter at the top and 1 metre high. It loves "ground" but there will be enough earth in such a pot to keep it happy and not pot-bound.
What it needs is a sunny place and definitely NO WIND or you'll end up with some dead-looking twigs and all the pretty flowers will be down the road somewhere. You can train it up a wall or in an arch-form. Don't over-water it but don't let it dry out either.
I understand the mauve ones are hardier than the coral-coloured ones.
Can't help you with the lemon tree but I'm sure it would grow in a similar size pot, maybe even smaller. Better ask a native...
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