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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.
April, May, June
It belongs to the family Apocynaceae and it originates from the eastern basin of the Mediterranean and Asia. It is an evergreen shrub that spontaneously grows along the coast and waterways. It has long, sharp and light green leaves; it produces large tubular flowers with five petals that are red, pink or white. After the blooming the fruits (that are absolutely inedible) mature in the shape of an elongated pod. In the pods there are feathery seeds.
Its common name is Rhyncospermum but it could also be called Jasmine. It is a climbing shrub belonging to the family Apocynaceae. It prefers full sun zones in which it creates very vigorous branches and inflorescences. If it is preferred to lengthen the branches, compromising the level of the blooming, it is necessary to place the plant in a semi-shaded area.
The Wisteria is a climbing plant belonging to family Fabaceae an it originates from China and Japan. It has light green leaves and it develops wrapping on any support, literally colonizing railings and pergolas. It is characterized by an abundant and cluster hanging blooming of lilac /purple color (20 cm) that blooms along the entire length of the branches and releases a pleasant fragrance.
The olive is the typical evergreen plant of the agriculture in the mediterranean regions. It grows very slowly and its main feature is its longevity. There are many varieties of olive trees that are continuously monitored for their ability to withstand the cold during the winter. The ideal climate for cultivation is a mild climate with minimum temperatures not lower than 8/10° C below zero. Its peculiar fruits start growing at the beginning of the autumn.
Lantana is a perennial shrub in the family Verbenaceae and it originates from south-central America. It has rough, dentate, deep-green leaves which, when broken, give off an unmistakable scent. The Sellowiana variety has a hanging shape and smaller leaves. Lantana bears throughout summer tubular flowers gathered in corymbs, which are characterized by the pecularity of changing shades during the blooming, thus resulting in being multi-color (although there are monochromatic varieties as well). When the blooming finishes, the lantana grows poisonous berries which become edible once they are ripe.
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.