We fetched up at a windy corner of Cadiz province - Costa de la Luz: should be Costa de la Viento - and with the new house came a builders' yard and cornfield. The upside was badly-neglected fruit trees in the cornfield. Pear, plum, apricot and almond.
The builders' yard around the house had to be cleared, a membrane put down and then gravelled before planting out a Mediterranean garden....
I am all over the show with this layout, but you get the picture..... a lot of work!
We put in what we thought were indigenous Med. plants: plumbago, bourganvillea, agarve, lavendar and herbs like rosemary and thyme. Compare top left with top right and you'll get the idea. Great - until the hot Levante wind came along and sucked the moisture out of them.
All around us in the "campo" are Spanish gardeners growing every veg and fruit you can think of. They think we're mad to plant non-edibles. What flowers they have are tucked in between the veg (?companion gardening) . Our neighbours are knowledgable and helpful - not to mention generous with their surplus stuff - and in another post I will show what graftings of other fruits onto bitter almond trees have done.