Red, fuchsia or white
Direct sunlight or partial shade
The Pentas Lanceolata originates from Africa and the Middle East and it is widespread in cultivation. It is a perennial plants which, in right climatic conditions, blooms for a long period of time: if the heat is sufficient, blooming starts at the end of the winter and it lasts until autumn. Pentas are very suitable for butterfly gardens, meaning that their continuous blooming attracts butterflies, bees and other useful insects. They prefer sunny positions, they well withstand the heat. Watering should be regular.
May, June, July
Full sun, Half shade
Freesia is a genus of herbaceous plants hailing from southern Africa which includes about fifteen botanical species. They all produce small round corms. It is suitable for Mediterranean climates and is rather sensitive to cold. Every single bulb produces a small tuft of ribbon-like, erect, fairly rigid, light-green leaves; from the center of the leaves during the summer a thin and erect stem develops, bearing numerous small trumpet-shaped flowers. It blooms during the spring and it needs direct sunlight.
The potunia (from the fusion of the words “pot” and “petunia”) is a hybrid born in Germany from the recent botanical experimentation on the more common petunia. As its “mother”, it is hailing from Central and South America and it belongs to the Solanaceae family. It can be recognised for its more compact and rounded shape, for the much more abundant blooming and for the several colours, which are more intense and in some cases shaded, of its characteristic trumpet flowers. Even the leaves, hairy and slightly sticky as in petunias, are different because of their scent.
The Cuphea, hailing from Mexico, Peru and central-southern America, produces peculiar, long-lasting, tubular flowers which can be either red or pink: mostly cultivated as an outdoor plant, it has the appearance of a very thick and decorative bush about 80 cm high (30 cm for dwarf varieties). Its blooming is ideal to give a special feeling to a summer terrace. It fears extreme temperatures (both low and high) and it needs abundant watering during summer.
Coreopsis look like small shining suns, very easy to cultivate, both in pots and in the garden. There are many species of Coreopsis but the most common are Coreopsis Grandiflora and Coreopsis Lanceolata. Originating from North America, even if they are perennials they tend to dry completely during the winter and then they reappear at the beginning of the spring. They prefer sunny places and they don’t fear the cold.
It is an evergreen plant originating from the mountainous areas of the Usa. Flowers bloom during the spring on trunks at the center of the fleshy foliage, collected in a dense little rose: they are striated, small, beautiful and they have pink, red and orange shades. It belongs to the family Portulaceae. It is cultivated because of its wonderful blooming both in the pot and in the rocky gardens. It blooms during the spring, it prefers sunny locations and it does not need abundant watering.