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 a 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 is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Malvaceae and it originates from Asia (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) and it is spread throughout Europe and in the tropical areas of America. It has large indented and glossy green leaves and it produces the five-petal funnel-shaped flowers, very large and very colorful, from white to pale pink, to yellow, orange / salmon, up to the classic deep red. In the central throat of the flower, usually of different color (in contrast) than the petals, there is the large stamen.
The gardenia is a plant originating from Asia and the tropical regions of the Southern Africa belonging to the family Rubiaceae. It is an evergreen ornamental plant, symbolizing elegance thanks to its thick and bright green foliage and the candid white flowers with a velvety texture and a very sweet scent.
It has always been recognized as the queen of flowers, with many meanings depending on the local traditions and the colors of the flowers. It originates from the temperate zones of Europe and Asia (the “Kordana” or “mini” variety originates from China). It is a thorny shrub with erect shape (it can also be cultivated as climbing with the aid of espaliers or pyramids). It has small, dark green and serrated leaves and produces the characteristic flower with many velvety petals with white, yellow, orange, pink, red, speckled colors. In many varieties the flowers are perfumed; the “Kordana” variety stands out for the slightly smaller flowers and for the blooming that is flowering much more abundant and lasting than the other cultivations. For its features, as well as an ornamental plant, dried flowers of the rose are also used to produce infusions and essential oils for cosmetics.
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.