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 Surfinia is a hybrid that was born in Japan from the botanical experimentation on the Petunia. Therefore, with its “mother”, the Surfinia shares the Central/Southern American geographical origin and the belonging to the family Solanacee. It is different from the “mother” for the hanging shape and for the dimensions and the colors of the flowers that are bigger than it. The foliage is covered by down and it is slightly sticky; the characteristic trumpet inflorescence blooms only at the end of the hanging branches.
It certainly is the most common plant in the countryside and in the meadows around the world. The daisy is a perennial plant belonging to Asteraceae family and it originates from the Canary Islands. It has a thick and a well branched bush and produces the classical flower with the yellow central disc and white petals (there are as well hybrid varieties with colored petals, yellow, pink or light blue). Thanks to its abundant and long lasting blooming it is ideal to decorate borders and gardens.
Sunflower is a plant in the family Asteraceae, hailing from central and southern America (Peru and Mexico) and widespread in Europe since the Middle Age. This plant, which owes its name to its characteristic heliotropic behavior in which the inflorescence is always oriented towards the sun, has a long, sturdy stem with large and wrinkled leaves and giant inflorescences with yellow petals and a dark inner disc. In addition to being an ornamental plant, it is extensively used for the production of vegetable oil from its seeds.
Freesia is a genus of herbaceous plants hailing from southern Africa which includes about fifteen botanical species. They all produce small round corms. It is suitable for Mediterranean climates and is rather sensitive to cold. Every single bulb produces a small tuft of ribbon-like, erect, fairly rigid, light-green leaves; from the center of the leaves during the summer a thin and erect stem develops, bearing numerous small trumpet-shaped flowers. It blooms during the spring and it needs direct sunlight.
The Pentas Lanceolata originates from Africa and the Middle East and it is widespread in cultivation. It is a perennial plants which, in right climatic conditions, blooms for a long period of time: if the heat is sufficient, blooming starts at the end of the winter and it lasts until autumn. Pentas are very suitable for butterfly gardens, meaning that their continuous blooming attracts butterflies, bees and other useful insects. They prefer sunny positions, they well withstand the heat. Watering should be regular.