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It is a very beautiful evergreen plant similar to the Plumeria, very decorative both for the beauty of the leaves and for the abundant blooming. It originates from Brasil and it belongs to the family Apocynaceae: fruits are more or less rounded spiny capsules. From late spring to the early cold it produces yellow trumpet flowers. It needs sunny positions, it isn’t very resistant to prolonged frosts.

It belongs to the family Amaryllidaceae and it originates from central and south America. The Alstroemeria (called “lily of Peru” as well) is a perennial shrub that produces wonderful flowers similar to small lilies, with the peculiarity of having pittings or brown stripings inside the petals. It is used for the production of cut flowers, it is cultivated in pots as well, looking like a thick bush with light green leaves and with a thick and durable flowering. It prefers sunny expositions, it well withstands low temperatures.

The Angelonia is a herbaceous, annual and perennial plant, originating from Mexico and Central America, similar to the Anthirrinum. On average it is 30 cm high, it has erect trunks, covered by elongated and light green leaves with dentate margin. Flowers are inflorescences with spike shaped, that are white with purple spots, pink or electric blue. The Angelonia continuously blooms throughout the summer. Its flowers are similar to small orchids. It prefers sunny positions and it fears low temperatures.

It belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae and it originates from the mediterranean regions. The Antirrhinum is a rustic perennial plant (cultivated a san annual or, at least, biennial) with a woody trunk at the basis and inflorescences with many shades at the end. Its common name “Mouth of the lion” derives from the peculiar shape of the flowers that have a tubular corolla having two formations similar to two lips (the upper one is divided in two lobes and the lower on divided in three ones). It prefers full sunlight and it well withstands low temperatures.

It belongs to the family Compositae and it originates from the Mediterranean regions. The Asteriscus is a small perennial shrub with oval, thick and dark green leaves. The flowers have the classical shape of the daisy, they are totally yellow and very resistant and long lasting. Thanks to its characteristics, it is easy to cultivate and it has a significant impact because it creates golden cushions in the garden. It blooms during the spring and the flowering lasts until autumn. It well withstands the winterly cold.

It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from central America but it is widespread all over the world as one of the most common plants to decorate balconies. It is a perennial plant but it is cultivate as an annual. It looks like a shrub with thin and green/grayish leaves. It is completely covered by the head shape classic flowers (small stars) with five golden yellow petals; it needs full sunlight and it dies at the first cold during the winter.

It belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. The Ranunculus is a simple and elegant flower originating from Asia. It is highly sought for its flowering period which is one of the first: it blooms in late winter or in early spring. The most common buttercups on the market are the “orientalis”. They generally prefer damp environments and their petals vary from white to intense yellow.

Close relative of the Petunias, the Calibrachoas have very similar but smaller flowers and they have a more compact growth: for this reason they are known as dwarf Petunias. Easy and resistant, they rarely get sick and they well withstand the rain and the wind (unlike the Petunias). Furthermore, a sunny position facilitates the growth and the blooming: this in fact begins already in mid-April, when the days are longer and there are many hours of light.

It belongs to the family Campanulaceae and it originates from Europe, North America and Asia. The variety “Appeal” is characterized by its erect shape (it is almost a natural pyramid formed due to its branching from below), its hard and light green leaves and its giant flowers in the shape of a blue or pink bell, gathered in groups that fill the whole stem. It is less rustic than the classic Campanula and it demands less watering but higher temperatures.

In addition to the well-known pepper, the capsicum belongs to the Solanaceae family, originating in the Americas but currently cultivated throughout the world. It includes almost 50 species of plants, perennial and annual. The plants look like shrubs from 40 to 80 cm high (depending on the species) with light green leaves; also the resistance to cold and hot climate varies on the basis of the variety. The fruits have to be picked during the summer until autumn.

The carnation is a herbaceous and perennial plant belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae and it has an uncertain origin. It is assumed that it originates from the mediterranean regions but there are many varieties originating from Asia and Africa. The bush has narrow and elongated green/grey leaves. The plant produces the peculiar flowers with five petals, single or in bunches with disparate appearances, depending on the variety.
Among the most widespread and cultivated plants in the world, the carnation flower, typically rippled and variously colored (red, pink, white, yellow, violet, speckled) has taken on different meanings in popular symbolism in different countries. Thanks to its delicate fragrance, it is also used, once dried, to make pout-pourri.

In Italy the chrysanthemum blooms at the end of october and for this reason it is associated to the All Souls’ Day. Actually, however, the name, which derives from Greek, literally means gold flower and has therefore been associated by tradition to absolutely positive values. It belongs to the family Compositae. The most of the varieties bloom in autumn, in late October-early November. They prefer to live in a warm-temperate environment.