Sunny or partial shade
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”.
February, March, April
Full sun, Half shade
It originates from Southern Africa and it belongs to the family Aizoacee. It is a perennial succulent plant that produces colored flowers similar to little daisies. The leaves are sturdy and fleshy and they contain a very sticky lymph that gives the plant a very strong and compact appearance.
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.
Anigozanthos is commonly known as “kangaroo paw” because of the shape of its flowers. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant hailing from Austrialia. It prefers sunny or semi-shaded places; these plants do not fear the cold and they can withstand periods of intense cold. Sometimes during the winter it loses the aerial part which they grow back in spring. A watery lymph is stored in the roots of the plant, which allows it to withstand long periods of drought without problems.
Gardenia is a plant in the family Rubiaceae hailing from Asia and the tropical regions of southern Africa. It is an evergreen ornamental plant and it represents elegance because of its thick and bright-green foliage and its pure white flowers with a velvety texture and an extremely sweet scent.
Duranta repens is a small, crawling or partially erect shrub which is native to Central America. The thin semi-woody stems are densely branched, the leaves are oval and small; it can be evergreen as long as it grows in temperate areas with mild winters. It prefers sunny places: poor light conditions can lead to an equally scarce blooming. However, it does not fear the cold and it can even withstand short periods of frost.