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We live in the Carnay Islands and are having a new patio put in off the house, need idea to take off the hardness of the tiles can you give us idea's and phot's please as
plant can be hard to grow here



Suggest - Rosemary, lavender, thyme varieties, other mediterraneum scented herb plants, some of the smaller (up to 1m) colourful phormium, iris, nepeta, agapanthus.

10 Jan, 2012


Are you trying to soften the edge of the roof tiles, or change the appearance of a tile floor to the patio, Birdof paradise?

10 Jan, 2012


Where in the Canaries are you?
And am I right in thinking that the soil is quite acid?

Three that spring to mind are Echium (no photo), Lotus berthlotii ( ) for ground cover, and Isoplexis canariensis ( ).

Clearly Bird of Paradise does well there.

Two more that may do well - Digitalis lanata

......and Digitalis parviflora

.........but only with some added moisture retentive material if you suffer low rainfall.

Salvia discolor is pretty drought tolerant...........

If you can find them, how about Anigozanthus manglesii, which should be drought tolerant once established.

10 Jan, 2012


Just remembered that Rare Plants relocated to the Canaries..............

Well worth a look!

10 Jan, 2012


I agree, Meanie. is the address I use, and since they have a section on plants native to the Canaries, they should be easier to grow.

11 Jan, 2012

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