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.
The national flower of South Carolina, gelsemium is a pant in the family Loganiaceae and in fact it is native to central and northern America. This climbing, evergreen plant is very rustic and resistant. It has thin, elongated, light-green leaves and it produces little funnel-shaped, fragrant, yellow flowers. Since its appearance and its scent vaguely resemble those of jasmines, gelsemum is also commonly known as “yellow jasmine”.
It is a succulent and evergreen in the family Aizoaceae, hailing from South Africa. It is a bush characterized by long, thin, fleashy, dark-green leaves with prostrate branches on which daisy-shaped, yellow and orange flowers blossom. It is a particularly suitable plant for creating coloured spots in the gardens.
It is an evergreen shrub in the family Malvaceae, hailing from Asia (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) and widespread throughout Europe and in the tropical areas of America. It has large indented and glossy green leaves and it produces five-petalled, funnel-shaped flowers, which are quite large and brightly coloured, from white to pink, to yellow, orange, and of course the iconic deep red. In the central part of the flower, the colour of which is usually in constrast with the petals, there is a large stamen.
The species Campsis grandiflora (synonyms are Bignonia grandiflora, Campsis chinensis, Tecoma grandiflora) originates from Japan and China. It is a fragile plant, it doesn’t withstand low winter temperatures and it isn’t particularly rustic. It has an impressive development. It blooms at the beginning of the summer (June) and for the whole summertime (September). They have to be transplanted in full sun and regularly watered.
The genus Euphorbia is very wide and heterogenous: the variety Milli, hailing from Southern Africa, is a half-succulent with fleshy trunks and typical flowers, called cyathia, belonging to all the species in the genus. The common name of the Euphorbia Milii is Christ thorn, because according to the legend it’s the plant used in making the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ. The flower blooms throughout the year, however it fears the cold.
It is a small perennial plant, cultivated as an annual plant. The Verbena belongs to the family Verbenaceae and it originates from Central and South America and from Europe. It has hanging shape and long branches. The light green leaves are small, oval, sharp, dentate and with marked veins. It produces small and strongly perfumed flowers, variously colored, from white to pink, red, purple and speckled bicolor. The flowers are collected in spikes at the end of the branches. According to the tradition it is a holy plant and it has curative, analgesic and healing properties.