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
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 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.
The Potunia (from the fusion of the words “pot” and “petunia”) is a hybrid born in Germany from the recent botanical experimentation on the more common Petunia. With its “mother” it just shares the geographical origin from Central and South America and the belonging to the Solanaceae family. It differs from its “mother” for the more compact and rounded shape, for the much more abundant blooming and for the several colors, more intense and in some cases shaded, of its characteristic trumpet flowers. Even the leaves, hairy and slightly sticky as the Petunias, are different because they are perfumed.
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.
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.