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.
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 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 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.
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 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 Campanulaceae and it originates from Europe, North America and Asia. The variety “Appeal” is characterized by its erect shape (it is almost a natural pyramid formed due to its branching from below), its hard and light green leaves and its giant flowers in the shape of a blue or pink bell, gathered in groups that fill the whole stem. It is less rustic than the classic Campanula and it demands less watering but higher temperatures.
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.
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 includes seventy five varieties. A common feature is the almost total absence of leaves: however, they tend to fall completely once the first flowers appear. It blooms from May to August. Basically the Broom is a mediterranean plant so the warm and sunny weather is fundamental for its growth: it normally lives in very arid areas and it does not need a lot of water. If the plant has been planted in the ground it is possible to water it sporadically. If, instead, it has been planted in a pot, it is better to water it more regularly.
It belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. It originates from the mediterranean regions and it is a evergreen and compact shrub (and not a climbing plant like the majority of the Convolvolus), with the leaves covered with down that gives it a silvery appearance. It produces a large number of “trumpet” flowers, enlarged (about 3-4 cm in diameter), of a pure white color.
It belongs to the family Aizoaceae and it originates from South Africa. It is a dwarf succulent very branched and it produces many flowers, similar to little red, yellow, white daisies that open up with the sunlight and shut with the dark. Leaves are fleshy, thin and elongated, even if the vegetation never reaches excessive dimensions making it ideal for long flowering and very resistant borders. The variety “Cooperi” is famous for its peculiar big and fuxia flowers and because it is a perennial plant.
It belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family and it originates from Asia. Like all the Dianthus it is a perennial plant, but it stands out for its thinner and lighter colored leaves and for the dentate and exclusively pink flowers that continuously bloom until the end of the summer.
The Drosanthemum, known as the popular name “Juppiter’s Beard”, is a succulent plant with groundcover shape belonging to the family Aizoaceae and originating from South Africa. It produces small and light green leaves covered by down (probably that’s the origin of the popular nickname) and many little small daisy-shaped and pink flowers that cover the whole plant. Due to its particularly abundant flowering it is ideal for borders.
It belongs to the family Myoporaceae and it originates from South Australia. The Eremophila Nivea is an evergreen shrub with scented, velvety and silver leaves (covered by a thin down). It has an elegant appearance in contrast to the lilac / purple tubular flowers.
The Eucalyptus (from Greek “εὖ”, “well” and “καλύπτω”, “to hide”, in reference to the fact that the petals hide the rest of the flower) is an evergreen and arboreal plant originating from Oceania (mostly from Tasmania, Australia and New Guinea) belonging to the family Mirtacee (there are 600 species). Introduced in Italy at the beginning of the ‘800, the Eucalyptus is among the plants with therapeutic and curative properties; the blooming periods are long: in particular the E. globulus blooms between winter and spring and the E. camaldulensis during the summer.