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Now here is a conundrum for everyone. My boss had asked me to post as she is desperate to put more flowers etc in her villa garden. She has a leaky hose system in place but the plants need to tolerate heat and drought conditions with a leaky hose.
she wondered about zinnia or dahlia! She visits every 9 weeks but over the hottest period she would be away for 3 months, but has got neighbours that would lightly water.
at the moment she has fruit trees galore, but wants to expand into her beds and terrAcotta pots!
So suggest away !!!
My first thought is that varieties of Cistus should be ok and also that creeping Hottentot fig with the daisy-like flowers, and Californian poppies ought to be happy there.
Where in Portugal? The Atlantic coast can get mist even in summer, lowering the temperature to jumper and jacket wearing territory till it lifts. It can also get close to freezing in winter in much of Portugal. She should see what thrives in local parks and gardens and use that.
Allium, Oleander, Wallflower etc should do fine.
Vines like Mandevilla, Bougainvillea should provide almost evergreen flowers.
I'd steer clear of dahlia's they need more water and feeding than a 3 monthly visit will allow.
See what the locals are growing for the best guide.
Algarve so south!!!