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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 one. 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.
March, April, May
Autumn, Spring, Summer
It belongs to the family Campanulaceae and it originates from Africa and Asia. It is a perennial cultivated plant, especially in Europe nowadays. Thanks to its rich and long lasting blooming, with electric blue flowers, it is used for the borders. It looks like a thick bush with small and dark green leaves. It produces peculiar light blue little flowers.
It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from Central America (Peru and Mexico) but it has spread in Europe since the Middle Age. The Sunflower, which owes its name to its characteristic heliotropic behavior (the inflorescence is always oriented towards the sun), has a long robust stem with large and wrinkled leaves and giant inflorescences with yellow petals and dark disc. In addition to being an ornamental plant, its use is known for the production of vegetable oil from its seeds.
The Pentas Lanceolata originates from Africa and the Middle East and it is widespread in the cultivation. They are perennial plants that, in right climatic conditions, bloom for a long period of time; if the heat is sufficient, they start blooming at the end of the winter and they continue until autumn. Pentas are very suitable for the butterfly garden, meaning that their continuous blooming attracts butterflies, bees and other useful insects into the garden. They prefer sunny positions, they well withstand heat. Watering should be regular.
It belongs to the Violaceae family and it originates from Europe and America. It is a small and evergreen plant known for its white, yellow, orange, red, lilac, violet or speckled bicolor flowers. It is a green light bush with little and curved leaves. The shades of the colors are different and there are varieties with petals that have a dark spot inside (“Pansy” or “Saint Joseph violet”, since the shades remind the ones of the cape of the Saint). In the mild climate zones the blooming could be forced and it is in autumn until winter.
The Potunia (from the fusion of the words “pot” and “petunia”) is a hybrid born in Germany from the recent botanical experimentation on the more common Petunia. With its “mother” it just shares the geographical origin from Central and South America and the belonging to the Solanaceae family. It differs from its “mother” for the more compact and rounded shape, for the much more abundant blooming and for the several colors, more intense and in some cases shaded, of its characteristic trumpet flowers. Even the leaves, hairy and slightly sticky as the Petunias, are different because they are perfumed.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant originating from Southern Africa. The freesia genus includes about fifteen botanical species that produce small round corms. The Freesia is suitable for Mediterranean climates, but is rather sensitive to cold. Every single bulb produces a small tuft of light green, ribbon-like, erect, fairly rigid and fleshy leaves; from the center of the leaves during the summer a thin and erect stem develops, that brings numerous small trumpet flowers. It blooms during the spring, it needs sunny positions and it fears the cold.