White, pink, lilac, purple or blue
The Ortensia is a perennial shrub belonging to the family Hydrangeaceae and it originates from East Asia (China and Japan) and from North America. It is known throughout the world for its extraordinary blooming; it has large, dark green and dentate leaves and it produces a big balloon inflorescence (with a diameter up to 20 cm) with many small flowers of different colors, from white to pink, to lilac up to blue. The coloring of the flowers can be influenced by the reaction of the plant to the type of soil; greater acidity leads to flowers tending to blue, while in basic or alkaline soils there will be flowers tending to pink.
March, April, May
It includes seventy five varieties. A common feature is the almost total absence of leaves: however, they tend to fall completely once the first flowers appear. It blooms from May to August. Basically the Broom is a mediterranean plant so the warm and sunny weather is fundamental for its growth: it normally lives in very arid areas and it does not need a lot of water. If the plant has been planted in the ground it is possible to water it sporadically. If, instead, it has been planted in a pot, it is better to water it more regularly.
The Solanum Rantonetti is an evergreen shrub that originates from South America: in April until the first cold it produces many little violet flowers with the yellow center, collected in small bunches; the flowers are followed by the fruits that look like orange, round and inedible berries. It should be planted in a sunny place, or even in partial shade; these plants fear the cold. The watering has to be regular and it is important that the soil is dry between one operation and another.
The Jasmine, belonging to the family Oleaceae, includes more than 300 varieties and it originates from China and North America, as well as India and some zones of the mediterranean basin. It is a climbing shrub that produces tubular, starry and with five petals flowers, of pure white color (there are, however, yellow-flowered or pink-shaded varieties) that give off the characteristic sweetish scent. According to the tradition, for a long time the family Medici safeguarded a unique example of this plant forbidding, at the same time, its circulation until a gardener furtively donated a twig of jasmine to his beloved who became, thus, rich and she could marry: hence the custom of donating a bunch of Jasmine to brides.
The Lippia Citriodora belongs to the family Verbenaceae. It is an aromatic plant that, if lightly touched, it spreads an aromatic and unmistakable lemon fragrance in the air. Like all the aromatic herbs, it hardly tolerates stagnant water but, at the same time, it needs abundant watering. Blooming occurs from June to August and even up to the beginning of autumn in areas with mild climate.
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.
It is an evergreen shrub originating from the temperate regions in Asia and in South America (variety “Capensis” or “Auricolata”) and it belongs to the Plumbaginaceae family. It has a basically climbing shape, it has small, oval and light green leaves and it produces typical light blue flowers (for this reason it is usually known as “Blue sky jasmine”; there is also a variety with red flowers, “Plumbago Indica” or “Rosea”) collected in big spikes.