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
It is an evergreen climbing plant belonging to the Apocinaceae and it originates from Southern America. The Mandevillea Suaveolens is vaguely similar to the Dipladenia but it’s different from it because its leaves are bigger, wrinkled (particularly evident in the “Alice du Pont”) and brighter. It is different as well for the size of the flowers that are larger and slightly perfumed.
It is a fruit tree belonging in Moraceae and originating from Western Asia and it has a particularly developed root system, which makes it resistant to droughts. It has a robust, greyish trunk and large, rough, lobed leaves; its distinctive sap is sticky and milky. The Ficus Carica has two different botanical forms: the male, “caprifig” and the female, “true fig”. Both forms produce the common round and fleshy fruits with green or violet peel, only the fruits of the female plants, however, are edible since they are fertilized. The principal responsible for the process of “caprification” is an insect, the Blastophaga psenes.
The Polygala Myrtifolia (variety that is better to cultivate in the greenhouse) is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Polygalaceae, hybridized by crossing species originating in Southern Africa. It has a basically bushy and round shape with a very thick vegetation. Thanks to its flexibility it can easily be cut in order to have different shapes (pyramid, espalier). Its leaves are similar to the myrtle’s ones but bigger and of light green color. It produces lilac flowers collected in bunches at the apex of the branches.
It is an evergreen plant belonging to the family Cactaceae. It has an erect trunk and it can reach several meters in height. The leaves, called shovels are oval and they are covered by small thorns: at the end of these shovels, during the spring, the flowers (yellow-red) come out and then they turn into fruits. It has scarce water needs and it even withstands harsh winters. Blooming starts during the summer and it lasts until autumn.
Eucalyptus (from Greek “εὖ”, “good” and “καλύπτω”, “to hide”, in reference to the fact that the petals hide the rest of the flower) is an evergreen arboreal plant hailing from Tasmania, Australia, New Guinea and from Oceania in general. It is a genus with around 600 species in the family Mirtacee. Introduced in Italy at the beginning of the 19th century, the Eucalyptus is appreciated for its therapeutic and curative properties; the blooming periods, however, are rather long: in particular, the globulus variety blooms between winter and spring and the camaldulensis variety during summer.
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.