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The Polygala Myrtifolia (variety that is better to cultivate in the greenhouse) is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Polygalaceae, hybridized by crossing species originating in Southern Africa. It has a basically bushy and round shape with a very thick vegetation. Thanks to its flexibility it can easily be cut in order to have different shapes (pyramid, espalier). Its leaves are similar to the myrtle’s ones but bigger and of light green color. It produces lilac flowers collected in bunches at the apex of the branches.
February, March, April, May, June, July
The Solanum Jasmionoides belongs to the family Solanaceae and it originates from Brasil. It is an evergreen climbing shrub with glossy green leaves and with five petals and pure white flowers, sometimes tending to pink or blue, collected in bunches at the end of the branches. It is also called “Jasmine at night” because the flowers give off a sweet smell just at night.
The Vine is a climbing shrub belonging to the family Vitaceae: it has 10 meters long trunks. The trunk has dark brown bark that comes off in longitudinal strips; the hairy and young twigs have a flexible curl (the tendril) on the opposite side of the leaf that allows the plant to attach itself to the supports. It withstands drought but not freezing.
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.
It belongs to the family Fabaceae and it originates from Australia. It is a climbing and evergreen plant, with woody stem and from spring flowers are collected in lilac, white, pink inflorescences. It is resistant to cold, it does not need abundant irrigation and it prefers sunny exposures.
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.
It belongs to the family Verbenaceae and it originates from south-central America. The Lantana is a perennial and bushy shrub that has intense green leaves, wrinkled and dentate that, if broken, give off an unmistakable aroma. The Sellowiana variety has a hanging shape and smaller leaves. Throughout the summer, until the autumn the Lantana produces tubular flowers gathered in corymbs, characterized by the pecularity of changing shades during the blooming, thus resulting in being multi-color (although there are monochromatic varieties). After blooming, poisonous berries appear when they are still unripe, but they become edible when they are ripe.