Coreopsis look like small shining suns, very easy to cultivate, both in pots and in the garden. There are many species of Coreopsis but the most common are Coreopsis Grandiflora and Coreopsis Lanceolata. Originating from North America, even if they are perennials they tend to dry completely during the winter and then they reappear at the beginning of the spring. They prefer sunny places and they don’t fear the cold.
April, May, June
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.
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 is a particularly rustic plant belonging to the Onagraceae family and it originates from Central and South America. It has oval and intense green leaves and it produces beautiful flowers with red calyx and white and purple petals, collected in tufts of three or four. Some varieties produce berries, similar to cherries, dark red and edible.
The Lobularia is a plant originating from mediterranean European areas and North Africa and it belongs to the family Brassicaceae. It has a thick shrub with small and light green/grey leaves. It produces many little and white, lilac or violet flowers with four petals; they are collected in balloon groups and characterized by a particularly intense perfume. It has a very long lasting blooming.
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 Liliacae and it originates from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It is a bulbous perennial plant with erect shape. It has bright green and long leaves. It produces a peculiar panicle-shaped inflorescence with many small flowers with orange petals (there is also the “Arabicum” variety with white flowers) that reminds exactly the cockscomb.