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 strawberry is a perennial plant, it originates from Europe (in particular from Siberian regions) and it belongs to the family Rosaceae. It is known for the production of the fleshy intense red fruit. It could also be an ornamental plant (20-30 cm high) with large, oval and bright green leaves and flowers with five petals, white or pink.
It belongs to the family Onagraceae. The gaura is a perennial plant originating from North America (mostly Texas). Due to its origins it is a rustic and resistant plant. It produces a thick bush with green/ reddish leaves. The thin trunks have flowers with four petals, similar to the orchids, pink or white with yellow stamen.
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 gardenia is a plant originating from Asia and the tropical regions of the Southern Africa belonging to the family Rubiaceae. It is an evergreen ornamental plant, symbolizing elegance thanks to its thick and bright green foliage and the candid white flowers with a velvety texture and a very sweet scent.
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 very beautiful and evergreen shrub originating from China: it is a slow-growing plant, with glossy and coriaceous foliage preferably to be cultivated in open ground; throughout the spring numerous small pink or white star flowers bloom at the apex of the branches. It has to be placed in a well-lit place, in the sun or in partial shade; it prefers rich and fertile soils. It suffers from excessive humidity. It tolerates both drought and frost quite well, and it can resist in the garden even if temperatures fall below -10/-15° C.