The Cuphea, hailing from Mexico, Peru and central-southern America, produces peculiar, long-lasting, tubular flowers which can be either red or pink: mostly cultivated as an outdoor plant, it has the appearance of a very thick and decorative bush about 80 cm high (30 cm for dwarf varieties). Its blooming is ideal to give a special feeling to a summer terrace. It fears extreme temperatures (both low and high) and it needs abundant watering during summer.
May, June, July
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.
It is a particularly rustic plant in the Onagraceae family and it originates from central and southern America. It has oval and deep-green leaves and it produces beautiful flowers with red calyces and white and purple petals, collected in tufts of three or four. Some varieties produce berries, similar to cherries, which are dark-red and edible.
It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from America, in particular from Mexico. It is a perennial herbaceous plant. It is cultivated and used in order to embellish flowerbeds and to create borders in the gardens. It is suitable for decorating terraces and balconies.
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.
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.