Kalanchoe is a shrub-like succulent originating from Madagascar. It can grow up to 50 cm and it has fleshy, thickly hairy leaves with a brownish rim in the variety “Chocolate Soldier”. They are narrow and elliptical, showing entire margins, and measure in average 4 to 5 cm.
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.
Delosperma is a genus in the family Aizoaceae and it originates from South Africa. It is a branchy dwarf succulent which bears numerous flowers similar to little red, yellow or white daisies. They open up with sunlight and close their petals with the dark. Its leaves are fleshy, thin and elongated; since the vegetation never reaches excessive dimensions, this plant is ideal for long-lastin, resistant blooming borders. The variety “Cooperi” is known for being perennial and for its large, fuchsia flowers.
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.
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”.
Our mediterranean climate well suits this plant in the family Proteaceae hailing from Australia. The grevillea blooms during springtime and its flowers are characterised by a long calyx that develops into coloured curls from which small flexed stomata and a single pistil emerge. There are several species of grevillea and some of them can also be cultivated in coastal areas as they can withstand sea salt. In most species the flowers are very nectariferous which makes grevilleas excellent plants for attracting insects and birds.