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.
It is commonly known as Dimorphoteca or “African daisy” as well. It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from Southern Africa. It looks like a perennial bush with light green leaves and with a lot of flowers similar to big daisies (diameter of 5-6 cm more or less), colored from pink to white, yellow, purple and shaded colors.
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”).
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 Rhodanthemum is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. It is cultivated both in pots and in open ground. It is used to make gardens and flowerbeds more colorful. It prefers sunny positions, loose and well-drained soils; it withstands temperatures of -10 degrees. Watering shouldn’t be very frequent and it’s necessary to do it just when the substratum is dry.
The carnation is a herbaceous and perennial plant belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae and it has an uncertain origin. It is assumed that it originates from the mediterranean regions but there are many varieties originating from Asia and Africa. The bush has narrow and elongated green/grey leaves. The plant produces the peculiar flowers with five petals, single or in bunches with disparate appearances, depending on the variety.
Among the most widespread and cultivated plants in the world, the carnation flower, typically rippled and variously colored (red, pink, white, yellow, violet, speckled) has taken on different meanings in popular symbolism in different countries. Thanks to its delicate fragrance, it is also used, once dried, to make pout-pourri.