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 Vinca or Pervinca is a herbaceous and evergreen plant originating from Europe (very common in Italy) and it belongs to the family Apocynaceae. It could be cultivated both with erect shape and hanging shape (Vinca so-called “Mediterranean”, transplanted in basket). It has a thick shrub with oval leaves, extended and shiny green. It produces a lot of little and delicate flowers, with five pastel colored petals, from white to pink, red, lilac and purple.
It belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae and it originates from Africa and Southern Europe. It is a perennial plant, usually cultivated as annual with hanging shape. It has elongated, light green and delicate leaves. It produces small flowers with a trilobal upper part and a bilobed lower part with many shades from white to yellow, red, lilac up to blue, sometimes even in two contrasting colors (white, blue, yellow, red, etc.). The flowering is very abundant and it is pleasantly perfumed as well.
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 Geraniaceae and it originates from Southern Africa. The Geranium is one of the most spread perennial plants in Europe and mostly used in order to decorate balconies. It contains a very high number of varieties and it looks like a bush with light green leaves, circle, hairy and fleshy, characterized by a darker inner zone (hence the name “zonal”). The flowers are very colored (white, pink, red, lilac, purple) with five petals collected in “umbrellas” at the end of the stems. The varieties “Edera” and “Parigino” stand out because of their almost hanging shape, their shape and the color of the leaves, smaller, curled and with brighter colors, as well as for the petals which are also smaller than the common. These hybrid varieties are also more resistant to adverse climatic conditions and drought.
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 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.