Winter flowers

The winter flowers

Most of the time when it is necessary to choose the type of plant to be planted in the home garden or even simply to be placed on the balcony, the choice is made absent-mindedly and without taking into account the numerous variables that distinguish the plant species. Moreover, it often happens that we are looking for plants with a warm climate, or at least temperate, and consequently we find ourselves with flowers that enjoy a few months of splendor, definitively disappearing with the more hostile climate of the cold seasons. The nurseries, almost always, guarantee the species of the current season in order to satisfy the immediate needs of the customer; for this reason it would be advisable, before going to the various nurseries, to consult an updated and above all detailed catalog, so as not to make a mistake in the final decision.

Winter jasmine

There are numerous species of jasmine, the most suitable for warm seasons, that is spring and summer, but Jasminum Nudiflorum, better known as winter jasmine, is one of those plants, belonging to the jasmine family, which guarantees winter flowers from early January until early spring. The stems are semi-woody, but very thin, most of the time, moreover, they are curved and green in color; attached to them are small three-pointed and deciduous leaves. As for the flowers, these are of an intense yellow color and star-shaped, however they do not release any type of perfume into the air. To favor growth and subsequent blooms it would be advisable to perform a small pruning after the first flowering; important for development is that the plant is exposed to the sun so as to always remain bristling and not tend to bend excessively. The cultivation of winter jasmine is not easy, which is why it is not recommended for beginners.

Winter flowers: Edgeworthia

Among the immense types of winter flowering plants, without a doubt the one with the most complicated name both to write and to pronounce is Edgeworthia, which takes the difficult nomenclature from an English botanist who lived in India: the botanist Michael Pakenham Edgeworth. Despite the complicated pronunciation it is a fairly common plant and easy to find even in Europe. The stem is branched at the beginning, but in any case single, capable, however, of forming a fairly thick crown with a circular and regular shape; the flowering, of course, occurs in the winter season and in early spring begins to retreat. The flowers have the appearance of yellow stars with silvery shades. As for cultivation, this is very simple, therefore also suitable for gardening novices,

The calicanthus

It often happens that the scientific nomenclature of plants does not correspond at all to the translations into Italian, and this is the case of Chimonanthus Praecox which in Italian takes the name of Calicanto, or also Calicantus. This plant has a large shrub from which various erect and not very branched stems sprout, but which, with the numerous light green leaves, creates a thick crown of elongated shape. With the arrival of winter, various small yellow flowers with cream tints sprout, surrounded by various spiral petals of red or even pink color; the emanated perfume is very light. These, being winter flowers, keep flowering for a few weeks compared to the warm species, but the incredible peculiarity of these winter flowers is the ability to withstand paralyzing temperatures as we also speak of values ​​around -15 ° C; moreover, the cultivation does not require demanding care.

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