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It originates from the Mediterranean basin but it is spread in India and in some Atlantic islands. It is a herbaceous, perennial and evergreen plant belonging to the family Labiatae. The leaves, narrow and elongated, end with an ear-shaped inflorescence of violet/purple color. Inside of this there are glands containing the base aromatic oil for the production of various fragrances used in the cosmetics and as a spice in the kitchen. The Stoechas variety has slightly silver leaves and it produces larger dark purple flowers, surmounted by a characteristic tuft of purple bracts.
March, April, May, June
It is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Myrtaceae that originates from Mediterranean Europe (very common in Sardinia and Corsica). It is characterized by elongated, very small and intense green leaves that give marked uniformity and compactness to the plant. It produces white and perfumed flowers. It has black/light blue berries that are used to produce the namesake liqueur.
It is an evergreen plant belonging to the family Cactaceae. It has an erect trunk and it can reach several meters in height. The leaves, called shovels are oval and they are covered by small thorns: at the end of these shovels, during the spring, the flowers (yellow-red) come out and then they turn into fruits. It has scarce water needs and it even withstands harsh winters. Blooming starts during the summer and it lasts until autumn.
It is an evergreen climbing plant belonging to the Apocinaceae and it originates from Southern America. The Mandevillea Suaveolens is vaguely similar to the Dipladenia but it’s different from it because its leaves are bigger, wrinkled (particularly evident in the “Alice du Pont”) and brighter. It is different as well for the size of the flowers that are larger and slightly perfumed.
The genus Passiflora (which literally means passion flower) includes hundreds of species of climbing plants and shrubs, all hailing from South America. There are over five hundred species of evergreen plants in the genus. Minimum winter cultivation temperature must not be under 5 degrees and a strong brightness must be guaranteed in order to facilitate the blooming. Watering is fundamental: it should be constant and frequent throughout the year, except during the winter, especially when particurarly cold. Mostly climbing species are cultivated in Europe, and the most widespread variety is certainly the Passiflora Cerulea, with the typical white and light blue flowers. The flowers bloom in sequence throughout the summer, they attract butterflies and bees, and during the summer they give way to small oval-shaped berries, edible in some species.
Jasmine is a genus in the family Oleaceae which includes more than 300 varieties. It originates from China and North America, as well as India and some mediterranean areas. It is a climbing shrub that produces tubular, starry, five-petalled flowers with a characteristic and intense sweet scent, They are generally pure white, although yellow and pink-shaded varieties exist as well. According to the tradition, for a long time the family Medici safeguarded a unique specimen of this plant forbidding its circulation until a gardener furtively offered a twig to his beloved. She later became rich and the two could eventually marry: hence the custom of giving a bundle of Jasmine as a gift to brides.
Hailing from Australia, Handerbergia is a climbing, ever-green plant in the family Fabaceae, It has a woody stem and lilac, white, or pink inflorescences start blooming in spring. It well withstand lower temperatures, it does not need abundant irrigation and it prefers sunny exposures.