It belongs to the family Apocynaceae and it originates from central and south America regions. The Dipladenia is an evergreen climbing plant with smooth, oval and bright green leaves. It produces many trumpet-shaped flowers with five flaps, red, pink and white with the yellow pastel inside part, gathered in racemes. Thanks to its extraordinary flexibility and speed of vegetation it perfectly conforms to the most original ornamental habitats (pyramidal, espalier, double arch, etc.).
It is a fruit tree belonging to the family Moraceae and originating from Western Asia. Equipped with a particularly broad root system, which makes it resistant to drought, it is characterized by a robust, greyish-colored trunk and by broad wrinkled leaves variously lobed within which a viscous and milky sap flows. The Ficus Carica has two different botanical forms: the “male”, “Caprifico” and the “female”, “Fico vero”. Both of them produce the common round and fleshy fruits with the green or violet peel. Just the fruits of the female plants are edible since they are fertilized (the principal responsible for the process of “caprification” is an insect, the Blastophaga psenes).
It belongs to the family Liliacae and it originates from Southern Europe and Western Asia. It is a bulbous perennial plant with erect shape. It has bright green and long leaves. It produces a peculiar panicle-shaped inflorescence with many small flowers with orange petals (there is also the “Arabicum” variety with white flowers) that reminds exactly the cockscomb.
It belongs to the family Campanulaceae and it originates from Asia. The Platycodon, also known as “Grandiflora bluebell” or “Japanese bluebell”, is a perennial shrub that has a thick bush with oval, slightly indented, light green leaves. It produces large, balloon-shaped buds from which blue, white and, rarely, pink flowers bloom. It is characterized by abundant summer flowering and, therefore, it is ideal for ensuring color in the gardens in the least “flowery” periods of the year.
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.
It belongs to the Punicaceae family and it is a shrub with very ancient origins from Southwest Asia. It is mostly known with the name of pomegranate (“malum punicum” in Latin to remind the origin from the city of Carthage where for the first time Romans found it out. This plant produces red tubular flowers from which edible red/orange fruits are generated, with coriaceous rind, with sour and tasty pulp, typically fragmented in grains.
The Vinca or Pervinca is a herbaceous and evergreen plant originating from Europe (very common in Italy) and it belongs to the family Apocynaceae. It could be cultivated both with erect shape and hanging shape (Vinca so-called “Mediterranean”, transplanted in basket). It has a thick shrub with oval leaves, extended and shiny green. It produces a lot of little and delicate flowers, with five pastel colored petals, from white to pink, red, lilac and purple.
It belongs to the Violaceae family and it originates from Europe and America. It is a small and evergreen plant known for its white, yellow, orange, red, lilac, violet or speckled bicolor flowers. It is a green light bush with little and curved leaves. The shades of the colors are different and there are varieties with petals that have a dark spot inside (“Pansy” or “Saint Joseph violet”, since the shades remind the ones of the cape of the Saint). In the mild climate zones the blooming could be forced and it is in autumn until winter.