Plant Family / Bougainvillea
Sumptuous and vibrantly colored, Bougainvillea is one of the showiest vines you can grow. This evergreen shrub gets literally blanketed by abundant clusters of bright papery bracts in bold shades of pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Unless you live in a Mediterranean region, you may grow Bougainvillea in a large container in a sheltered, sunny spot where it should flower several times in one season. Relatively pest-free, Bougainvillea is deer resistant, salt and drought tolerant once established. A favorite of birds and hummingbirds!
A favorite dwarf Bougainvillea variety, 'Helen Johnson' is an evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of bright pink bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging coppery orange, the bracts mature to bold pink with a hint of purple, giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'Imperial Delight' is a semi-dwarf, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with elegant clusters of white papery bracts suffused with pale pink, surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging white, the bracts mature to a delicate translucent pink giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'James Walker' is a free-flowering, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of large, bold, reddish-magenta, papery bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging orange, the brightly colored bracts then open to a luminous magenta giving it a rich bicolored look.