A little bit of Bon Sol

We recently spent a week holidaying in Mallorca, at a hotel with a fabulous garden lovingly developed alongside the expansion of its buildings over many decades.

The Bon Sol in Illetes, approximately 7 miles from Palma, is a family run hotel built on several levels in a small, quiet bay. The garden weaves and winds through the traditional hotel features of pools, terraces and bars, along stone feature pathways.

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It was all too brief a break, but utterly enjoyable and exploring the verdant, lush  planting was an absolute delight.

A profusion of mature palms dotted between enormous pine trees (pinus halepensis, seen all over the Island) form a canopy above a mid level planting scheme that includes rubber plants (ficus elastica), bananas and smaller palms, including what I think I’ve identified as the Mediterranean fan palm, Chamaerops humilis and phoenix palms.  

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At eye level, Hibiscus is planted throughout the gardens, frequently with Lantana camara and at different stages of maturity. Climbing bougainvillea scrambling along boundaries provides intense colour.

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Ground cover consists of bedding petunias, geraniums, verbena, busy lizzies and surprisingly, spider plants.

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On the sea walls, Helichrysum italicum, commonly known as the curry plant due to it’s strong aroma, sway in the breeze.

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There’s also a delightful garden housing a small crazy golf course!

So, home again and with the greenhouse now open for business, I’ve planted a pot to remind me of the lovely Bon Sol, with a miniature banana, hibiscus, trailing geranium and verbena.

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