This perennial, creeping plant is particularly suited for wall covers. It blooms from spring to summer bearing small, sky-blue flowers with a peculiarity: they are quite sensitive to sunlight and they open up their petals reacting to its presence. This characteristic is best observed in the evening and even on cloudy days.
Anigozanthos is commonly known as “kangaroo paw” because of the shape of its flowers. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant hailing from Austrialia. It prefers sunny or semi-shaded places; these plants do not fear the cold and they can withstand periods of intense cold. Sometimes during the winter it loses the aerial part which they grow back in spring. A watery lymph is stored in the roots of the plant, which allows it to withstand long periods of drought without problems.
Iberis is a perennial and herbaceous plant in the family Brassicaceae hailing from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It has oval, leathery and dark-green leaves and it produces white, yellow or pink flowers, which are collected in small bunches making iberis an ideal plant for decorating borders and rocky gardens.
It has always been recognized as the queen of flowers, with many meanings depending on the local traditions and the colors of the flowers. It originates from the temperate zones of Europe and Asia (the “Kordana” or “mini” variety originates from China). It is a thorny shrub with erect shape (it can also be cultivated as climbing with the aid of espaliers or pyramids). It has small, dark green and serrated leaves and produces the characteristic flower with many velvety petals with white, yellow, orange, pink, red, speckled colors. In many varieties the flowers are perfumed; the “Kordana” variety stands out for the slightly smaller flowers and for the blooming that is flowering much more abundant and lasting than the other cultivations. For its features, as well as an ornamental plant, dried flowers of the rose are also used to produce infusions and essential oils for cosmetics.
Delosperma is a genus in the family Aizoaceae and it originates from South Africa. It is a branchy dwarf succulent which bears numerous flowers similar to little red, yellow or white daisies. They open up with sunlight and close their petals with the dark. Its leaves are fleshy, thin and elongated; since the vegetation never reaches excessive dimensions, this plant is ideal for long-lastin, resistant blooming borders. The variety “Cooperi” is known for being perennial and for its large, fuchsia flowers.
Exuberant and unusual, the Penstemons bloom throughout the summer, bringing joy and color even when the other plants, for the oppressive heat, take a break. It originates from North America and it belongs to a particularly small variety that grows in the mountains on stony ground, very close to the ground. The plant forms several spikes, which are covered with many small flowers similar to the bells: blue, purple and red. It needs full sun and it is resistant to cold.
It is known in different regions with different names: in Italian it is called porcellana, procaccia, purselana (Liguria), erba grassa (Lombardia), barzellana (Sardegna). In ancient Egypt it was already known as medical plant. It probably originates from Asia. It has reddish, fleshy, very branched stems and a prostrate shape which makes it an excellent groundcover plant: from June until the first autumn cold numerous rose-shaped flowers bloom on the apex of the branches, with wrinkled looking petals that close in the dark. It needs sun and regular watering.