Vegetable decor

The human being, even if he often does not realize it, loves to surround himself or in any case to be surrounded by nature; It is no coincidence that we get the maximum happiness and serenity at home, when we go to the garden or in any case we take care of our plants stored in pots and lands on the balcony or on the terraces. It is the same and identical speech when, to spend a different day, we decide to go for a walk by the sea or in the mountains: it is not the sea air or the fresh mountain air that puts us at ease, nor the beauty of these places so different from the cities we live in, but it is a combination of all these things with a very important detail: the contact with nature. We could very easily define the element of nature as our creator, because we are products of natural evolution and it is thanks to the resources we have found in it that we have been able to evolve, survive and reach today. This also explains the great proliferation of gardens: it is not so much a question of aesthetics or social status, the garden makes us feel good because it reserves a corner of natural serenity all for us, in which the plants that act as furniture play a role. decisive.

The plant to choose

There are many criteria for choosing the best plants for our garden, many of which are subjective; if, for example, we know that we have an allergy or that one of our closest family members is in any case, it is clear and obvious that we shouldn’t plant that plant in the garden. After this important criterion linked to health, there is another, equally important, linked to the physically available space: we must be careful not to make our garden a jungle (i.e. stuff it with plants to fill it, without then being able to enjoy the space of a walk without dodging branches and trunks) and both to destroy our home or that of the neighbors; there are plants, in fact, which have such a strong root growth as to jeopardize the static stability of the houses by damaging the foundations: an example are the maritime pines and olive trees, in general all very large and long-lived plants have large roots. Another criterion of choice could be the aesthetic one, however important to fully enjoy the garden and find yourself well: the plants that fascinate us most or that we have always dreamed of taking care of are the best to choose.


A plant species that is widely used to decorate gardens all over the world is the Pieris, especially in its japonica variant, which is abundantly the most widespread and suitable for this purpose both for genetic characteristics and for aesthetic reasons. We immediately say that these species are native to eastern countries, especially in the Far East of Asia; they are known as ornamental plants, but their great resistance to cold makes them a perfect component for decorating the garden all year round, especially thanks to their appearance of a rich bush and small but graceful white flowers. The plant has an important size for a shrub, managing to reach four or five meters in height and more or less the same size in width. Its important aspect includes very much the dark green leaves, lanceolate and elongated, therefore very elegant and decorative. All this is associated with abundant flowering and characterized by cluster or panicle flowers that sprout everywhere on the plant, coloring it with their pure white color. The scent is pleasant and the fall of petals that often decorate the ground is also effective.


Despite the fact that it has very pleasant flowers (which in some variants are streaked with pink, as well as the classic white), Pieris japonica is highly sought after in the gardening field due to its totally rustic character, where with this definition we want meaning a plant capable of withstanding the cold and seasonal changes without any hesitation and without special needs, so much so that fertilization is not even necessary if the soil is the right one. However, even from this point of view its care is not very difficult: it is enough to have a peaty and fairly draining soil, in an area not totally exposed to the climate and the game will be done. There is only one part of the plant which must be watched for in frost: the shoots; often these are burned and dried by the winter frosts (the plant always produces them, being evergreen), but just remove them by cutting up to the healthy woody part and everything will proceed in the mechanisms of the plant as nothing had happened. A curiosity of Pieris is that one of its extracts (andromedotoxins or grayanotoxins) is a highly soluble poison, that is, if it was dissolved in a not very large body of water it led to the death of various animals and bathers, including humans.

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