The fuchsia, the iris, the lilac, the hibiscus: they animated the romantic gardens of the past, now they seem a little forgotten. Do we want to rediscover them and make them relive a new season?
Fashion wanders in the air. Even the flowers are not exempt. In the sixties, the cutting roses were crazy, provocative, velvety, super hybrid, the stars.
Nowadays, they seem to be in decline and prefer the humble ancestors of the nineteenth-century gardens.
At times, the fashion is provident for the execution of iniquities committed against some flowers of our old gardens. Inaquities that consist in having them totally or partially eliminated to the point that when you find them in some abandoned corner seem almost archaeological finds.
Or certain flowers of the past linked to tastes and cultures of past eras, return, for a destiny of cyclicality, of apparitions and disappearances that regulate the life of nature.
Those Strange Colored Bells
How many flowers and shrubs are waiting for them, on the border between the dark world of forgetfulness and the world of light of the future season in the garden: presences that appear from old gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, real flowers not ghosts, intact in their romantic amazement.
These plants only ask to relive for other seasons still their moment of splendor.
Among the First, I Would Include Fuchsia
It was Linnaeus who gave her this name in memory of the botanist L. Fuchs, author of a rich illustrated herbarium from 1500.
But it is in the history of English floriculture that fuchsia reaches the peak of its propagation in 1500 hybrids, thanks to research that finds in the grower James Lee a passionate follower, discoverer towards the end of 700 of the magellanic fuchsia, with scarlet red pendular flowers in the tube and blue violet petals (still one of the most popular varieties among nurserymen).
Throughout the nineteenth century, the moment of splendor of fuchsia in England lasted.
After the Magellanic was introduced the Fuchsia fulgens and so throughout the century through numerous hybridizations were obtained about 1400 to 1500 varieties. Then from the end of the 19th century its decline.
The Characteristic of Fuchsia
Its attraction is given by the contrast between the fairly sustained shape of the plant and the hanging shape of its flowers, similar to colorful bells.
The fuchsia can be planted in soil or in pots: in the pot they will grow relatively little, but they can be planted in more sheltered places in winter, so avoid starting from scratch in spring.
The Flower of the Goddess: Iris
Among the plants certainly to be dug up is the iris or iris. Its name is linked to Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, for the affinity between this and the opulence and variegated coloration of its flowers.
It is not too lucky in gardens because it is considered too wild, or disdained for the excessive ephemerality of its blooms.
The most beautiful species for the garden, which through their flowering can really recall the iris or rainbow are:
- Germanic iris
- Florentine iris in white colors
- Pale iris, light lavender in color
- Iris cross yellow gold color
- Iris laevigata, a variety that loves water very much, with blue-purple and also white-pink flowers
The Iris is a plant that does not need thoughtful planning: it is beautiful everywhere, both in a corner, which to accompany the base of a fence wall, and around an olive tree.
A Very Lucky Shrub: Lilac Or Serenella
Is there also a shrub that as to be known has no problem who does not know the lilac or serenella? But it’s one thing to be famous and another to take it home.
Its botanical name is Syringa vulgaris, but it is a lucky shrub because in the scarcity of vulgar or popular names for plants and flowers in Italy, this one has two lilacs and serenella.
It is rarely planted, despite the memory that we all have fragrant pink-lilac serenelles that formed hedges in gardens and avenues.
It has the merit, the serenella, that the more randomly planted it is, the more it earns: it wants randomness, as if it had been born from a seed escaped with the wind.
Hibiscus: Deciduous Leaves And Large Flowers
And finally, the Hibiscus, unfortunately almost disappeared from its dignified position in the Liberty gardens. We are talking about the Hibiscus Syriacus, rustic, with deciduous leaves, single or double flowers, red or white or lilac-pink, very resistant to the drought.
It blooms for all the summer, and, with the time, it assumes the appearance of a real tree, like the giant hibiscus, elegant and spontaneous.