The Mimosa originates from the Australian continent; in Italy they well withstand the central-southern temperate climate and it is possible to cultivate it on the big lakes’ coasts in the north where it can benefit of milder temperatures. The ideal soil for blooming is slightly acidic, with a good structure, that ensures a good humidity and, at the same time, a good drainage. It is recommended to add organic matter (humus) periodically (once a year); in the colder areas it can be cultivated in greenhouse with the foresight not to drop the temperature below 0 degrees.
It is known as “kangaroo paw” because of the shape of the flower. It is a rhizomatous perennial plant with australian origin. It prefers sunny or semi-shaded places; these plants don’t fear the cold and they can withstand periods of intense frost. Sometimes during the winter they lose the aerial part and they grow with the arrival of the spring. They can store watery lymph in the roots so that they can use it if they aren’t watered; for this reason they withstand even long periods of drought without problems.
It belongs to the family Rutaceae and it originates from Australia. It is an evergreen shrub typical of the coastal areas that has small and intense green leaves with an unmistakable fragrance, sour and stinging, typical of citrus fruits (as a matter of fact it belongs to the same botanical family) and it produces small and starred flowers, rose-colored and with four petals. The flowers are rich of essential oils and are used for the preparation of emotional infusions that are ideal in order to find calm and serenity and fight against obsessions and insomnia. It prefers sunny and well ventilated positions, its blooming could last throughout the year.
It belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. The Ranunculus is a simple and elegant flower originating from Asia. It is highly sought for its flowering period which is one of the first that blooms: it blooms in late winter or in early spring. The most common buttercups on the market are the “orientalis”. They generally prefer damp environments and their petals vary from white to intense yellow.
It belongs to the family Rutaceae, originating from South- East Asia. It is an evergreen plant with white scented flowers with decorative orange and round fruits. It prefers sunny places and frequent watering: the fruits of the ornamental plants aren’t edible.
The carnation is a herbaceous and perennial plant belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae and it has an uncertain origin. It is assumed that it originates from the mediterranean regions but there are many varieties originating from Asia and Africa. The bush has narrow and elongated green/grey leaves. The plant produces the peculiar flowers with five petals, single or in bunches with disparate appearances, depending on the variety.
Among the most widespread and cultivated plants in the world, the carnation flower, typically rippled and variously colored (red, pink, white, yellow, violet, speckled) has taken on different meanings in popular symbolism in different countries. Thanks to its delicate fragrance, it is also used, once dried, to make pout-pourri.
It is a deciduous or evergreen shrub originating from North America. The most cultivated species in the garden is evergreen, slow-growing. These rustic-looking shrubs that reach about 2 meters in height, prefer bright locations, even exposed to direct sunlight for a few hours; they don’t fear the wintriness. From March to October, during the vegetative and the blooming period, it is suggested to water abundantly, almost always keeping the soil wet, making sure that there won’t be stagnant water.
The Cineraria “cruenta” belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from the Canary Islands, although it has quickly developed throughout Europe. It is a multiannual plant characterized by a thick bush with large and dark green leaves. It produces many daisy-shaped flowers with different shades, blue sky, lilac, pink, white etc that cover the whole plant. For its peculiar and abundant blooming and its bushy shape is ideal to create colored spots in flowerbeds and gardens.
The common name Calla indicates some species of rhizomatous plants, originating from Africa. The Callas are very common as potted plants. It is possible to have more bloomings from the same rhizome, always better from year to year. They are grown in large pots, with a good rich and soft topsoil, so that the large rhizomes can easily develop a good root system. Unfortunately it is not possible to indicate a strict rule for watering the callas, as the outdoor or home climate has a great influence on the water needs of the plants. To allow the plants the winter vegetative rest, as soon as the foliage begins to turn yellow, it is necessary to interrupt the watering.
It belongs to the family Fabaceae, it originates from Northen Africa, Southern Europe and Asia. The Citysus Racemosus is a hybrid evergreen shrub with trifoliate and light green leaves and fragrant flowers of bright yellow color, collected in terminal racemes. Ideal for decorating rocky gardens and for borders or for dividing hedges.
The Echium Fastuosum is a rustic plant that is cultivated for ornamental purposes in the gardens and in the pots for its beautiful blooming. The sterns higher than a meter are herbaceous and, after 3 years, they become woody; they are covered by oval, elongated and punctuated leaves that are covered by a thick silver-white down. It blooms during the spring/ summer and it gives spectacular flowers even in pot cultivations. In order to flourish abundantly it requires bright and sunny exposures in areas preferably sheltered from the wind. it is necessary to water the plants only when the soil is perfectly dry, avoiding excess water and without wetting the leaves.
It belongs to the family Compositae and it originates from Southern Africa. The Euryops is a perennial shrub characterized by an abundant and winter blooming. It is a very thick bush, with silver leaves, it produces big yellow flowers, similar to yellow daisies and it can be used in order to decorate gardens and flowerbeds, creating a voluminous yellow pot, during the winter as well.
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 belongs to the family Loganiaceae and it originates from Central and North America (it is the national flower of the South Carolina in the Usa). The Gelsemium is a climbing and evergreen plant, very rustic and resistant. It has narrow and elongated light green leaves and it produces little funnel-shaped flowers, yellow and scented. Due to its appearance and fragrance it vaguely recalls jasmine so that it is also known as “yellow jasmine”.
It belongs to the family Geraniaceae and it originates from Southern Africa. The Geranium is one of the most spread perennial plants in Europe and mostly used in order to decorate balconies. It contains a very high number of varieties and it looks like a bush with light green leaves, circle, hairy and fleshy, characterized by a darker inner zone (hence the name “zonal”). The flowers are very colored (white, pink, red, lilac, purple) with five petals collected in “umbrellas” at the end of the stems. The varieties “Edera” and “Parigino” stand out because of their almost hanging shape, their shape and the color of the leaves, smaller, curled and with brighter colors, as well as for the petals which are also smaller than the common. These hybrid varieties are also more resistant to adverse climatic conditions and drought.
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.