Las Penitas (Leon Dept) Plants, Nurseries, and Traditional Nica Landscape Design
Hi Everyone or Hola! I'm new to these forums. I don't live in Nica, but my wife is from there. We frequently visit Nica mainly staying with family in Managua and Leon... really have not had time do much tourist stuff like visit Grenada or any of the other volcanoes other than Masaya. Did visit flea market in Managua - the safe one and of course toured downtown. Recently we developed some family controlled land in Las Penitas. Got a chance to learn about Nica law and indigenous population relations and about Nica construction/contracting.
We built a family beach house in Las Penitas for the family and for us to visit during Holy Week, 15 year parties, etc. The house needs some plant material put in, but as I'm from New England (MA), I'm not that familiar with Nica plants. The brother in laws took me around to a local nursery in Leon and the La Convencion to see what's available and could grow. We also went around the local house to see what they had growing. I was told Zoysia grass would work for a lawn, and they had the vigilante plant two drawf palms.
I have tried to find information about Nica plants and heat zone ratings, but none seems to be available (only looked for english versions), which lead me to this forum. I am very excited to see that this exists and that there are plant people in Nica. I have lots of questions, so I hope everyone has patience and answers.
1) What is the Nica heat zone or equivalent USDA zone for Leon? Zone 11-12- or 13? Many of the plants I saw growing in the Nica are typical USA houseplants or could be planted in S-Florida, but I like to read about plants. I like to read about plants, so this would be helpful.
2) House close can palms be planted to a house or pool without their roots disrupting the structures? I was told by my builder to off-set the palms from the pool, but the vigilante and brother in laws say there is a tap-root only which will not disrupt anything.
3) I will do the landscaping plan soon to have implemented, but I would like to keep it agreeable to the in-laws as well and somewhat traditional in keeping with the region. From what I can gather landscape architecture/design is somewhat formal in nature or based upon planting around the wall perimeter and lining the sidewalk to the house without much regard to any elaborate over-arching design.