flowers suggestionsSubmitted by Valentina+c on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 06:02
that's a very nice idea to add some colour in your garden!
From my experience I can say that the most indicated plants are:
It depends also on the geographical area. I'm talking about plants that would like to be exposed to sun and mild temperatures. Anyway it would be better to get advice from a garden centre (vivaio) of the area.
In bocca al lupo!
Would agree with Valentina'sSubmitted by Mimosa on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 07:41
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ANOTHER USEFUL PLANTSubmitted by Gala Placidia on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 08:44
Lantana grows very well almost unattended. It comes in beautiful colours: orange, yellow, mauve, pink and white. In some countries, it is considered a weed, so you can imagine how strong it is. There are many varieties for sale in Italy.Careful with oleander if you have children and pets around, The leaves are toxic.
I would suggest succulents......Submitted by Russ on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 09:22
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Succulents are great for arrid conditions, but also happy with rain when it arrives. They have great ability to retain mosture and come in a huge array of types with very colourful flowers. Spreading succulents would be ideal for old walls and perhaps larger ones fo ground cover. Many can be found growing wild, so you could take cuttings (don't pull them up) or many varieties produce "babies" which you can take and cultivate your own for free. I really like Mesembryanthemaceae, as they spread,make great ground and wall cover and come in so many different varieties, flower shape and colour. Depending on your position though, they are not especially hardy.We have a rockery full of succulents and the variety of flowers are amazing.This web site will give you all you need to know about succulents. http://www.succulent-plant.com/thumbnails.htmlGood luck and post some pics when they're in full bloom.Russ
When you settle in Italy,Submitted by elliven on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 17:52
When you settle in Italy, have a good look around at your neighbour's gardens and you will soon see what thrives locally - go do thou likewise! Some beautiful plants like the bougainvillea are magnificent in summer but do need protection in winter and some provision must be made for this. Good luck!
KALANCHOESubmitted by Gala Placidia on Wed, 06/10/2009 - 17:57
Great idea Russ, succulents need very little attention and they look great in a rock garden. Kalanchoes are easy to find in Italy (I've bought some) and they come in a great variety of colours. Other plants worth exploring will be the Australian natives which are becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe. They are very tough and provide variety and colour. Grevilleas, Leptospermum, Banksias, Callistemons.... are just some names to look for.
Grazie, Grazie, GrazieSubmitted by Milky Bar Kid on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 03:09
List of drought resistant plantsSubmitted by Serge on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 13:11
Sorry I have been meaning to reply to your post: I am very busy in the garden at the moment! Anyway, here is the link for Vivai Margheriti catalogue http://www.margheriti.it/catalogo.htm. It is free and contains 304 pages of invaluable information in Italian and English. You can download it in PDF format. On pages 291/292 there is a list of some 200 plants that are drought resistant. I still have my 2004 catalogue when I was building my villa and coming to Italy at regular intervals. I updated mine recently. Although I had been doing a lot of gardening in the tropics as a young kid and in the UK as an adult, tackling a hillside in Tuscany was a daunting prospect. I read a few books on garden design, marked out on paper the functionalities I wanted out of my garden: area for kids, area for dining, kitchen garden, olive trees etc. Once I had decided on these I used my time in Italy to get them done and then back to the UK. For example, once the lanscaping was done it was important to prevent soil erosion during the rain in the winter months, so planting the main trees and seeding the lawn were important tasks. Even seeding the lawn took some time: I had to let the brought in top soil fallow to get rid of imported weeds. If you have an existing garden the approach is the same: except you would have much less work to do.The planting of the shrubs and flowers came some 3 years later when I started spending more time in Italy than in the UK. This was for one good reason: even drought resistant plants need watering in their first year to give them a good start and help them establish themselves.As regards your olive grove I would look at the website of seeds merchants or failing that even the seeds stand of your supermarket both in Italy and the UK. They have an array meadow flowers. Just throw them around and wait and see what happens, they may come or they may not, but it is a very cheap way of creating interest all year round. You could experiment with all sorts of bulbs, particularly those that are easy to naturalise and like a good baking during the summer months. Broadleigh gardens in Sommerset have an excellent website and a good catalogue: I have been getting my bulbs from them during the last four years. Some of beautiful orchards in Dorset, Sommerset and other parts of the UK can inspire with different plants from the Margheriti catalogue. I hope the above helps, if not forgive me for going on a bit!Good luck with your garden!
Great catalogue!Submitted by lisiamc on Sun, 06/14/2009 - 09:49
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Thank you for the link - the catalogue is fantastic! I had to start here: http://www.margheriti.it/, since the site wouldn't let me further in until I had registered. Lovely photos, too.