The Cuphea, originating from Mexico, Peru and central-southern America, produces peculiar long-lasting tubular flowers, red or pink: mostly cultivated as outdoor plant, it has very thick and decorative bushes about 80 cm high (30 cm for the dwarf varieties). Its blooming is ideal for a summer terrace with something new. It fears excessive cold and warmth. It needs abundant waterings during the summer.
May, June, July
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.
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.
The Gypsophila is a perennial plant belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae and originating from Europe and Western Asia. It looks like a bush and on all the length of the thin stems it produces many white or pink flowers. Because of its compact shape it is commonly called “mist” and, in addition to being an ornamental plant for borders, it is used to make brides’ bouquets (another common name is, as a matter of fact, “Bride’s Voile”).
The Wax flower is an evergreen shrub that originates from Australia belonging to the family Myrtaceae. It has needle-shaped, perfumed and light green little leaves. It produces a lot of little flowers with five petals with a waxy consistence (that’s why it’s called Wax flower) that, depending on the variety, are white, pink, lilac, purple. Thanks to the resistance to drought and to the long lasting of the blooming, the wax flower is also cultivated to produce cut flowers.
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.
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.