Full sun or half shade
It belongs to the family Loganiaceae and it originates from Central and North America (it is the national flower of the South Carolina in the Usa). The Gelsemium is a climbing and evergreen plant, very rustic and resistant. It has narrow and elongated light green leaves and it produces little funnel-shaped flowers, yellow and scented. Due to its appearance and fragrance it vaguely recalls jasmine so that it is also known as “yellow jasmine”.
February, March, April
Full sun, Half shade
The Lotus is a genus of herbaceous plant belonging to the family Fabacee (or Legumionous) that includes over a hundred species. The species of the genus Lotus are almost all perennial herbs.They typically have trifoliate compound leaves that have two large stipules at the basis; this conveys the impression of leaves composed of five leaflets instead of three, as it actually is. Some species, however, really have leaves composed of more than three leaflets (imparipinnate), up to about fifteen. The flowers, irregular, with the typical papilionaceous corolla, are almost always yellow but they can have red shades. They are collected in small inflorescences made up of 3-10 flowers. The fruit is a legume.
It is a plant that comes from far away: it originates from Australia but it well suits to our mediterranean weather. The Grevillea belongs to the family Proteaceae, it blooms during the spring and it has flowers with a long calyx that develop into colored curls from which small flexed stomata and a single pistil emerge. There are several species of Grevillea, some can also be cultivated in coastal areas as they can withstand sea salt. In most species the flowers are very nectariferous so they are excellent plants for attracting insects and birds.
It is known as “kangaroo paw” because of the shape of the flower. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant with australian origin. It prefers sunny or semi-shaded places; these plants don’t fear the cold and they can withstand periods of intense frost. Sometimes during the winter they lose the aerial part and they grow with the arrival of the spring. They can store watery lymph in the roots so that they can use it if they aren’t watered; for this reason they withstand even long periods of drought without problems.
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 belongs to the family Brassicaceae and it originates from Southern Europe and Western Asia. The Iberis is a perennial and herbaceous plant with oval, leathery and dark green leaves. It produces white, yellow or pink flowers, collected in small bunches that make the plant ideal for decorating borders and rocky gardens.
It is an evergreen plant, very rustic, with a long blooming that lasts for the whole winter; the first flowers (blue, pink or lilac) bloom within April and then they develop almost without interruption until the first frost. It needs sun and it develops in every well drained soil.