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Cooling climbers and creepers
As the temperature heats up, use plants for ground and wall cover that keep the evening air fresh

Honeysuckle, bougainvillea and jasmine are the classic climbing plants in Greek gardens. Festuca valesiaca ‘Glaucantha’ used as a border on one side of a stone-flagged path.
Yvette Varvaressou

Designs for summer gardens need to keep shade and water conservation in mind as well as color. Plants that climb up walls and over pergolas or creep over the ground to form a mat will help keep temperatures down around your home.

Bare walls and earth tend to heat up during the day in summer and release their heat at night, as you will know if you have ever sat on a stone bench to watch the sun set on a summer evening. Climbing plants growing up the side of houses will help reduce the amount of heat absorbed during the day. Covering all bare soil in your garden with creeping plants will prevent it from drying out and help keep the garden cool in the evenings. In Greece we are lucky that some of the most spectacular climbing plants do very well and make a brillant show in spring and summer. Ground-cover plants are less well known as an alternative to high-maintenance, thirsty lawns, although there are many suitable species that need some searching for in plant nurseries, but persistence in looking through garden books, websites and other sources will turn up a wide variety of attractive species suitable for your particular environment.

* see : my WS another shot HERE bougainvillea: *These and other environmental initiatives could serve as an example for many of the more upmarket suburbs, where concern for the environment often appears to stop at the front gates of luxury villas and apartment houses.
***Sun and the oppositions they is intense this season in the islands of Aegean

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