The aloe vera is a succulent plant belonging to the family Aloeaceae. The plant is characterized by elongated leaves, 40-60cm long, arranged in a tuft, with a particularly fleshy appearance. The ideal climate is the mediterranean one, warm, typical of the summer. The Aloe likes sultry temperatures and a preferably dry environment. For this reason, the direct exposure to the sun is very important for the growth of the plant. The ideal soil is a well drained soil; the watering needs, despite the watery inner part of the plant, are very reduced.
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.
It originates from India, China and Japan and during the winter it produces many and quite big flowers. The most widely cultivated is the camellia Japonica, which blooms from January until the beginning of the spring. The camellia flowers are pink or white, but there are some red-flowered varieties and very few yellow-flowered varieties. In general they alternate between years with exceptional blooms and years with few flowers. They are very long-lived shrubs, and over the years, they can reach considerable dimensions, up to 6-7 meters high. On average it is a rustic plant. Normally they should easily withstand at least -15 ° C, especially if cultivated in open ground. There could be some problems with the potted plants because the cold could damage the roots.
The Carissa macrocarpa (or grandiflora) belongs to the family Apocynaceae and it originates from the sub-tropical regions of South Africa. For this reason it is also known as Natal Plum (from the name of an African region). It is an evergreen thorny shrub that produces oval, fleshy and bright green leaves and beautiful, white, star-shaped and scented flowers. Like all the plants in its family the Carissa is poisonous but it generates fruits that have the shape of small red eggs that, once ripe, are perfectly edible.
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.
It belongs to the family Fabaceae and it originates from Australia. It is a climbing and evergreen plant, with woody stem and from spring flowers are collected in lilac, white, pink inflorescences. It is resistant to cold, it does not need abundant irrigation and it prefers sunny exposures.
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 belongs to the family Campanulaceae and it originates from Africa and Asia. It is a perennial cultivated plant, especially in Europe nowadays. Thanks to its rich and long lasting blooming, with electric blue flowers, it is used for the borders. It looks like a thick bush with small and dark green leaves. It produces peculiar light blue little flowers.
Phylica Ericoides is a perennial shrub belonging to the familiy Rhamnacee, very common in the Mediterranean basin. Usually the Phylica Ericoides is cultivated in open ground; it is not very resistant to cold winter temperatures. Its cultivation is quite simple and it does not require special interventions. In general, it is sufficient to place it in the right position and it’s important to remember to water it two or three times a month. It blooms during the winter.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant originating from Asia. It produces a basal rosette with big, green, curved, with wavy edges, rigid and compact leaves. These Primulas are very used as houseplants, especially during the winter; they are often used as annual plants, sometimes in the shaded flowerbeds as well. The blooming is very prolonged, especially if the withered flowers are removed.
It is a small shrub with shiny green foliage. If it is rubbed it releases a strong citrusy fragrance. It shows an elegant foliage during the spring and the summer. In September it is filled with bunches with small pink fruits and later, in autumn, its foliage turns yellow. It withstands both the great summer heat and peaks of cold up to about -5 ° C. It should be exposed to full sun but it can also stay in partially shaded places. The ground should be neutral, fertile and well drained because it doesn’t withstand water stagnation.