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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
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 Tradescantia Virginiana (or Gold) is a herbaceous plant that prefers tmid-shade exposure (not direct light); it needs abundant watering during the summer and manuring during the autumn and spring with organic fertilizing. It blooms during the spring/summer. Flowers do not last for a very long time but the production continues for the whole warm season, until the first cold.
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”.
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.
The flower Vinca Minor, originating from Europe and the Tropics, is commonly known as Pervinca; it is 10-30 cm high, it has crawling shape and it creates appreciated turfs. The plant needs a lot of brightness. During the summer the ideal temperature swings between 21 and 29 degrees; on the contrary, during the winter it can withstand temperatures close to 0 degrees. During the whole winter the blooming is rich.