Malta has hot summers. Having a bit of shade is good then. Now is winter and we are around 20 Degrees Celsius during daytime. Beside a small herb and vegetable garden, it is good to start growing something bushy which gives some cover in the hot season. There is a sunny and a shady place to think about. I like Bougainvillea, since my time in the South China Sea and it goes together with an orange tree in the sun. Both I planted in terracotta amphores. That needs a bit more water than the modern containers. But I will manage with an irrigation computer, also for the time I am travelling. Also I started two wine plans, and let's see later this year how that goes.
For the shady side of the house Hedera Algeriensis is a species of the evergreen ivy which is named by its habitat: the North African coast and the Algerian mountains. It is an invasive species, which drops air roots. That's why I will keep away from the walls. Once the roots connect a wall, you have to burn them off. It seems to be extremely robust though.