It is a small perennial plant, cultivated as an annual plant. The Verbena belongs to the family Verbenaceae and it originates from Central and South America and from Europe. It has hanging shape and long branches. The light green leaves are small, oval, sharp, dentate and with marked veins. It produces small and strongly perfumed flowers, variously colored, from white to pink, red, purple and speckled bicolor. The flowers are collected in spikes at the end of the branches. According to the tradition it is a holy plant and it has curative, analgesic and healing properties.
February, March, April
Full sun, Half shade
It belongs to the family Saxifragaceae and it originates from the arctic temperate regions. The Saxifraga Arendsii is a groundcover and evergreen herbaceous plant characterized by small elongated leaves of an intense green color. It has thin stems that carry very resistant flowers in the shape of a red flattened star (there is also a white flower variety and with lighter leaflets, “Saxifraga Paniculata”). It is an ideal plant to be cultivated in rocky gardens since it has roots capable of taking root even among stones.
It is a succulent and evergreen belonging to the family Aizoaceae and it originates from South Africa. It is a bush characterized by long leaves, thin and fleshy, dark green with prostrate branches on which there are daisy shaped flowers, yellow and orange. It is a particularly suitable plant for creating “colored spots” in the gardens.
It is an evergreen plant, very rustic, with a long blooming that lasts for the whole winter; the first flowers (blue, pink or lilac) bloom within April and then they develop almost without interruption until the first frost. It needs sun and it develops in every well drained soil.
The species Campsis grandiflora (synonyms are Bignonia grandiflora, Campsis chinensis, Tecoma grandiflora) originates from Japan and China. It is a fragile plant, it doesn’t withstand low winter temperatures and it isn’t particularly rustic. It has an impressive development. It blooms at the beginning of the summer (June) and for the whole summertime (September). They have to be transplanted in full sun and regularly watered.
It belongs to the family Brassicaceae and it originates from Southern Europe and Western Asia. The Iberis is a perennial and herbaceous plant with oval, leathery and dark green leaves. It produces white, yellow or pink flowers, collected in small bunches that make the plant ideal for decorating borders and rocky gardens.
It is a plant that comes from far away: it originates from Australia but it well suits to our mediterranean weather. The Grevillea belongs to the family Proteaceae, it blooms during the spring and it has flowers with a long calyx that develop into colored curls from which small flexed stomata and a single pistil emerge. There are several species of Grevillea, some can also be cultivated in coastal areas as they can withstand sea salt. In most species the flowers are very nectariferous so they are excellent plants for attracting insects and birds.