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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.
January, February, March
Full sun, Half shade
Gaura is a perennial plant hailing from North America, mostly from Texas, in the family Onagraceae. As its origin might suggest, it is a rustic and resistant plant. It produces a thick bush with green/ reddish leaves and thin stems which bear four-petalled, pink or white flowers with yellow stamens, similar to orchids.
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.
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.
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”.
The succulents absorb the water when it abundantly rains and they accumulate water so that they can resist in periods of drought. They are plants suitable for dry weather. The succulents don’t need a lot of water; on the contrary a lot of water can damage them. It’s better not to keep them in sunlight but in a lit place, in a well-drained soil.
The species Campsis grandiflora (synonyms are Bignonia grandiflora, Campsis chinensis, Tecoma grandiflora) originates from Japan and China. It is a fragile plant, it doesn’t withstand low winter temperatures and it isn’t particularly rustic. It has an impressive development. It blooms at the beginning of the summer (June) and for the whole summertime (September). They have to be transplanted in full sun and regularly watered.