The Anisodontea is a perennial plant originating from Africa: it produces erect trunks, barely branched, with a colored blooming that develops on the thin branches. It prefers sunny places and it doesn’t withstand harsh winters. Watering should be regular during the whole spring and the summer, letting the soil dry between one operation and another.
It belongs to the family Compositae and it originates from the Mediterranean regions. The Asteriscus is a small perennial shrub with oval, thick and dark green leaves. The flowers have the classical shape of the daisy, they are totally yellow and very resistant and long lasting. Thanks to its characteristics, it is easy to cultivate and it has a significant impact because it creates golden cushions in the garden. It blooms during the spring and the flowering lasts until autumn. It well withstands the winterly cold.
The Bergenia is a small and evergreen plant that originates from Asia; it is characterized by thick tufts with large, dark green and round leaves that become reddish during the autumn. Flowers have different shades that vary from white to pink, going through various nuances. This species is particularly suitable for creating borders or as a groundcover plant. It is a perennial species that grows well in any position from full sun to full shade; it doesn’t fear the cold. It needs abundant and frequent waterings in order to avoid that the soil gets dry.
It belongs to the family Asteraceae and it originates from central America but it is widespread all over the world as one of the most common plants to decorate balconies. It is a perennial plant but it is cultivate as an annual one. It looks like a shrub with thin and green/grayish leaves. It is completely covered by the head shape classic flowers (small stars) with five golden yellow petals; it needs full sunlight and it dies at the first cold during the winter.
It belongs to the family Nyctaginaceae, originating from the tropical zones of the South America. It is a climbing shrub, sarmentose and thorny, evergreen, with small tubular white or yellow, subtended by three large bracts of typically pink / fuchsia color (there are, however, many varieties of different other colors, from white, to yellow, to red, up to deep purple). In order to facilitate its blooming it is necessary full sunlight; shady locations will instead favor vigorous foliage growth. They fear intense frosts.
In Italy the chrysanthemum blooms at the end of october and for this reason it is associated to the All Souls’ Day. Actually, however, the name, which derives from Greek, literally means gold flower and has therefore been associated by tradition to absolutely positive values. It belongs to the family Compositae. The most of the varieties bloom in autumn, in late October-early November. They prefer to live in a warm-temperate environment.
It certainly is the most common plant in the countryside and in the meadows around the world. The daisy is a perennial plant belonging to Asteraceae family and it originates from the Canary Islands. It has a thick and a well branched bush and produces the classical flower with the yellow central disc and white petals (there are as well hybrid varieties with colored petals, yellow, pink or light blue). Thanks to its abundant and long lasting blooming it is ideal to decorate borders and gardens.
The category Euphorbia is very wide and heterogenous: the variety Milli originates from Southern Africa, it is a half – succulent, with fleshy trunks and the typical flowers, belonging to all the species of the Euphorbia, so called cyathia. According to the legend the common name of the Euphorbia Milii is Christ’s thorn, that’s why it was used in order to make the crown of thorns, placed on the head of Jesus Christ. The flower blooms throughout the year, it fears the cold.
The olive is the typical evergreen plant of the agriculture in the mediterranean regions. It grows very slowly and its main feature is its longevity. There are many varieties of olive trees that are continuously monitored for their ability to withstand the cold during the winter. The ideal climate for cultivation is a mild climate with minimum temperatures not lower than 8/10° C below zero. Its peculiar fruits start growing at the beginning of the autumn.
It is a perennial shrub belonging to the family Asteraceae and originating from Asia and Africa. The Helichrysum has elongated and light green leaves from which arise the erect stems with the characteristic large daisy flowers with a paper consistency (called, precisely, “Paper flower”), golden yellow or glossy violet. The flowers don’t wither but they dry while keeping intact the shape and aroma and, for this reason, they are considered very decorative.
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.
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 belongs to the family Verbenaceae and it originates from south-central America. The Lantana is a perennial and bushy shrub that has intense green leaves, wrinkled and dentate that, if broken, give off an unmistakable aroma. The Sellowiana variety has a hanging shape and smaller leaves. Throughout the summer, until the autumn the Lantana produces tubular flowers gathered in corymbs, characterized by the pecularity of changing shades during the blooming, thus resulting in being multi-color (although there are monochromatic varieties). After blooming, poisonous berries appear when they are still unripe, but they become edible when they are ripe.
It originates from Southern Africa and it belongs to the family Aizoacee. It is a perennial succulent plant that produces colored flowers similar to little daisies. The leaves are sturdy and fleshy and they contain a very sticky lymph that gives the plant a very strong and compact appearance.
It is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Myrtaceae that originates from Mediterranean Europe (very common in Sardinia and Corsica). It is characterized by elongated, very small and intense green leaves that give marked uniformity and compactness to the plant. It produces white and perfumed flowers. It has black/light blue berries that are used to produce the namesake liqueur.
It belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae and it originates from Africa and Southern Europe. It is a perennial plant, usually cultivated as annual with hanging shape. It has elongated, light green and delicate leaves. It produces small flowers with a trilobal upper part and a bilobed lower part with many shades from white to yellow, red, lilac up to blue, sometimes even in two contrasting colors (white, blue, yellow, red, etc.). The flowering is very abundant and it is pleasantly perfumed as well.