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Strawberry is a perennial plant hailing from Europe in the family Rosaceae. It is known for the production of the fleshy, intense red fruit. It can also be a small ornamental plant, not higher than 20-30 cm, with large, oval, bright-green leaves and five-petalled, white or pink flowers.
March, April, May
Cyclamen is one of the most popular houseplants, especially because its beautiful flowers bloom during the winter, thus brightening up the coldest months. It belongs to the family Primulaceae and it includes different species, all hailing from eastern Mediterranean. It is important to keep the cultivation environment humid and with a temperature not higher than 15°.
Exuberant and unusual, the Penstemons bloom throughout the summer, bringing joy and color even when the other plants, for the oppressive heat, take a break. It originates from North America and it belongs to a particularly small variety that grows in the mountains on stony ground, very close to the ground. The plant forms several spikes, which are covered with many small flowers similar to the bells: blue, purple and red. It needs full sun and it is resistant to cold.
It is known in different regions with different names: in Italian it is called porcellana, procaccia, purselana (Liguria), erba grassa (Lombardia), barzellana (Sardegna). In ancient Egypt it was already known as medical plant. It probably originates from Asia. It has reddish, fleshy, very branched stems and a prostrate shape which makes it an excellent groundcover plant: from June until the first autumn cold numerous rose-shaped flowers bloom on the apex of the branches, with wrinkled looking petals that close in the dark. It needs sun and regular watering.
The Lithodora Diffusa is a groundcover and evergreen plant originating from Mediterranean Europe and it belongs to the family Boraginaceae. It has small and sharp green leaves with an evident central longitudinal grain, covered by a slight down. It produces small, tubular and intense blue flowers with five petals that make it an ideal plant to decorate flowerbeds and garden corners with blue color.
The flower Vinca Minor, originating from Europe and the Tropics, is commonly known as Pervinca; it is 10-30 cm high, it has crawling shape and it creates appreciated turfs. The plant needs a lot of brightness. During the summer the ideal temperature swings between 21 and 29 degrees; on the contrary, during the winter it can withstand temperatures close to 0 degrees. During the whole winter the blooming is rich.