Euryops is a perennial shrub in the family Compositae and it originates from Southern Africa. It is characterized by an abundant blooming which occurs during winter. It is a very thick bush with silver leaves and it produces big yellow flowers similar to large daisies. It can be used in order to decorate gardens and flowerbeds, creating a voluminous yellow pot which can brighten up the coldest months.
February, March, April
Spring, Summer, Winter
Jasmine is a genus in the family Oleaceae which includes more than 300 varieties. It originates from China and North America, as well as India and some mediterranean areas. It is a climbing shrub that produces tubular, starry, five-petalled flowers with a characteristic and intense sweet scent, They are generally pure white, although yellow and pink-shaded varieties exist as well. According to the tradition, for a long time the family Medici safeguarded a unique specimen of this plant forbidding its circulation until a gardener furtively offered a twig to his beloved. She later became rich and the two could eventually marry: hence the custom of giving a bundle of Jasmine as a gift to brides.
It is an evergreen shrub originating from the temperate regions in Asia and in South America (variety “Capensis” or “Auricolata”) and it belongs to the Plumbaginaceae family. It has a basically climbing shape, it has small, oval and light green leaves and it produces typical light blue flowers (for this reason it is usually known as “Blue sky jasmine”; there is also a variety with red flowers, “Plumbago Indica” or “Rosea”) collected in big spikes.
It originates from Asia and it belongs to the Hamamelidaceae family. The Loropetalum has a densely branched stem with mainly horizontal development. In some years they can reach 2-3 meters in height. Both the emission of the leaves and the blooming in this plant take place quite early: this makes it doubly valuable as it gives color and liveliness at a time while the other plants are still almost bare.
Lantana is a perennial shrub in the family Verbenaceae and it originates from south-central America. It has rough, dentate, deep-green leaves which, when broken, give off an unmistakable scent. The Sellowiana variety has a hanging shape and smaller leaves. Lantana bears throughout summer tubular flowers gathered in corymbs, which are characterized by the pecularity of changing shades during the blooming, thus resulting in being multi-color (although there are monochromatic varieties as well). When the blooming finishes, the lantana grows poisonous berries which become edible once they are ripe.
It is an evergreen climbing plant with a vigorous and quick growth. From late spring to late summer it produces numerous pink and bell-shaped flowers. Ideal position for this plant is a sunny or partially shaded location. Since it fears intense frost, it is recommended to keep it sheltered from the wind.
The olive is the typical evergreen plant of the agriculture in the mediterranean regions. It grows very slowly and its main feature is its longevity. There are many varieties of olive trees that are continuously monitored for their ability to withstand the cold during the winter. The ideal climate for cultivation is a mild climate with minimum temperatures not lower than 8/10° C below zero. Its peculiar fruits start growing at the beginning of the autumn.