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The genus Agaphantus includes perennial plants, originating from South Africa, very easy to cultivate and that produces spectacular blooming throughout summer. The Agaphantus flowers are bell shaped and collected in inflorescences, mostly blue even if there are varieties with white flowers. It is important to know, at the time of purchase, if it is a deciduous or perennial leaf species in order to be aware of the cultivation needs of the plant in order to arrange it in the right way as they are plants that do not like to be handled. The perennial leaf Agaphantus can instead be kept outdoors during the winter, only in the areas in which frosts are infrequent. Until the first shoots have appeared, the pot with the plant should be kept in a sheltered place and watered in moderation. During this period it is appropriate to fertilize every two / three weeks using a liquid fertilizer diluted in the irrigation water.

It is an evergreen plant, commonly named Felicia, it is characterized by celestial flowers, similar to those of the daisy, which appear from May until autumn. It prefers exposures to full sun and regular watering. It doesn’t withstand harsh winters.

It is a very beautiful evergreen plant similar to the Plumeria, very decorative both for the beauty of the leaves and for the abundant blooming. It originates from Brasil and it belongs to the family Apocynaceae: fruits are more or less rounded spiny capsules. From late spring to the early cold it produces yellow trumpet flowers. It needs sunny positions, it isn’t very resistant to prolonged frosts.

It belongs to the family Amaryllidaceae and it originates from central and south America. The Alstroemeria (called “lily of Peru” as well) is a perennial shrub that produces wonderful flowers similar to small lilies, with the peculiarity of having pittings or brown stripings inside the petals. It is used for the production of cut flowers, it is cultivated in pots as well, looking like a thick bush with light green leaves and with a thick and durable flowering. It prefers sunny expositions, it well withstands low temperatures.

The Angelonia is a herbaceous, annual and perennial plant, originating from Mexico and Central America, similar to the Anthirrinum. On average it is 30 cm high, it has erect trunks, covered by elongated and light green leaves with dentate margin. Flowers are inflorescences with spike shaped, that are white with purple spots, pink or electric blue. The Angelonia continuously blooms throughout the summer. Its flowers are similar to small orchids. It prefers sunny positions and it fears low temperatures.

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 Scrophulariaceae and it originates from the mediterranean regions. The Antirrhinum is a rustic perennial plant (cultivated a san annual or, at least, biennial) with a woody trunk at the basis and inflorescences with many shades at the end. Its common name “Mouth of the lion” derives from the peculiar shape of the flowers that have a tubular corolla having two formations similar to two lips (the upper one is divided in two lobes and the lower on divided in three ones). It prefers full sunlight and it well withstands low temperatures.

More than thousand species belong to the family Begoniaceae that originates from tropical and subtropical zones. The ideal cultivation temperature is around 15° throughout the year. This plant like intense light but not direct sun. During the winter temperatures shouldn’t be below 13° C but they still have to be kept in a cool environment. Begonias should be often watered on the basis of the external temperature, taking care, however, to dry superficially the topsoil between one watering and another. During the winter waterings should be drastically reduced and it should be watered just when the topsoil surface is 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 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.

The Boronia is an Australian genus belonging to the family Rutaceae: after a revision, around 150 species were assigned to it (all of them are Australian). It is a shrub of small and medium dimensions. The fragrance of the Boronia is very complex, very strong and aromatic, with citrus scents. Its cultivation is considered very difficult. It requires particular conditions: light shade and sheltered position, sandy soil, neutral or subacid, moist but at the same time well drained.

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.

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.

Close relative of the Petunias, the Calibrachoas have very similar but smaller flowers and they have a more compact growth than them: for this reason they are known as dwarf Petunias. Easy and resistant, they rarely get sick and they well withstand the rain and the wind (unlike the Petunias). Furthermore, a sunny position facilitates the growth and the blooming: this in fact begins already in mid-April, when the days are longer and there are many hours of light.

The Callistemon belongs to the family Myrtaceae and it is an evergreen shrub originating from Australia and New Caledonia. It has light green, thin, elongated and at the end of the branches it produces the characteristic red flower in the shape of spike or bottle brush (actually, the little flowers are very small and the only fleshy part) that’s why it is called “little broom”.