Get to know the Species
Common box, from the woods to the garden
Somewhere between a shrub a bush and a small tree, the common box (Buxus sempervirens L.) is one of gardeners’ preferred plants and has been used for ornamental purposes since Ancient Rome. And you might not know this but this particular species grows naturally in flood banks and rocky hillsides in the inner regions of Northeast and Central Portugal. This shrub is particularly fond of pollinators in woods and in gardens.
Agile in water but more hesitant on land, this amphibian prefers damp and shady habitats to live and hunt. We are talking about the marbled newt, which can only be found in parts of Portugal, Spain and France. The colouring on its back, which is green with black spots, gives it its name.
The Douglas fir: a giant Christmas tree
With its tall and elegant conical crown, the Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is one of the most sought after species as a Christmas tree. Also known as the Oregon pine or pseudotsuga, it is native to the west coast of North America, where it is one of the most sought after species for decoration during Christmas festivities.