Dianthus Gratianopolitanus “Kaori”
It belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family and it originates from Asia. Like all the Dianthus it is a perennial plant, but it stands out for its thinner and lighter colored leaves and for the dentate and exclusively pink flowers that continuously bloom until the end of the summer.
March, April, May, June
Full sun, Half shade
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.
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 Asteraceae and it originates from Central America (Peru and Mexico) but it has spread in Europe since the Middle Age. The Sunflower, which owes its name to its characteristic heliotropic behavior (the inflorescence is always oriented towards the sun), has a long robust stem with large and wrinkled leaves and giant inflorescences with yellow petals and dark disc. In addition to being an ornamental plant, its use is known for the production of vegetable oil from its seeds.
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 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 Pentas Lanceolata originates from Africa and the Middle East and it is widespread in the cultivation. They are perennial plants that, in right climatic conditions, bloom for a long period of time; if the heat is sufficient, they start blooming at the end of the winter and they continue until autumn. Pentas are very suitable for the butterfly garden, meaning that their continuous blooming attracts butterflies, bees and other useful insects into the garden. They prefer sunny positions, they well withstand heat. Watering should be regular.