Red, white, pink
Sunny or half shade
The genus Euphorbia is very wide and heterogenous: the variety Milli, hailing from Southern Africa, is a half-succulent with fleshy trunks and typical flowers, called cyathia, belonging to all the species in the genus. The common name of the Euphorbia Milii is Christ thorn, because according to the legend it’s the plant used in making the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ. The flower blooms throughout the year, however it fears the cold.
Full sun, Half shade
The Lithodora Diffusa is a groundcover and evergreen plant originating from Mediterranean Europe and it belongs to the family Boraginaceae. It has small and sharp green leaves with an evident central longitudinal grain, covered by a slight down. It produces small, tubular and intense blue flowers with five petals that make it an ideal plant to decorate flowerbeds and garden corners with blue color.
The national flower of South Carolina, gelsemium is a pant in the family Loganiaceae and in fact it is native to central and northern America. This climbing, evergreen plant is very rustic and resistant. It has thin, elongated, light-green leaves and it produces little funnel-shaped, fragrant, yellow flowers. Since its appearance and its scent vaguely resemble those of jasmines, gelsemum is also commonly known as “yellow jasmine”.
It is known in different regions with different names: in Italian it is called porcellana, procaccia, purselana (Liguria), erba grassa (Lombardia), barzellana (Sardegna). In ancient Egypt it was already known as medical plant. It probably originates from Asia. It has reddish, fleshy, very branched stems and a prostrate shape which makes it an excellent groundcover plant: from June until the first autumn cold numerous rose-shaped flowers bloom on the apex of the branches, with wrinkled looking petals that close in the dark. It needs sun and regular watering.
It is a small shrub with shiny green foliage. If it is rubbed it releases a strong citrusy fragrance. It shows an elegant foliage during the spring and the summer. In September it is filled with bunches with small pink fruits and later, in autumn, its foliage turns yellow. It withstands both the great summer heat and peaks of cold up to about -5 ° C. It should be exposed to full sun but it can also stay in partially shaded places. The ground should be neutral, fertile and well drained because it doesn’t withstand water stagnation.
It is an evergreen shrub in the family Malvaceae, hailing from Asia (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) and widespread throughout Europe and in the tropical areas of America. It has large indented and glossy green leaves and it produces five-petalled, funnel-shaped flowers, which are quite large and brightly coloured, from white to pink, to yellow, orange, and of course the iconic deep red. In the central part of the flower, the colour of which is usually in constrast with the petals, there is a large stamen.