Bougainvillea [Bouganvilla]

Bougainvillea is an extremely versatile plant which can be grown in a tree, a small pot sized plant, a hedge or a climber. They are a bright escape from any grey landscape and are very hardy.

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Botanical name: Bougainvillea

Common names: Bouganvilla

Description

Bougainvillea in the garden offers green foliage year round and brilliant “blooms” in summer. Growing bougainvillea in gardens requires some effort, but many think that these tropical and subtropical woody vines are worth it.

Bougainvillea are thorny, evergreen summer bloomers, but their orange, yellow, crimson or purple flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts. The bracts surround the actual flowers that are tiny and white. To start growing bougainvillea in gardens, you’ll need to live somewhere warm; otherwise, container growing of bougainvillea is recommended.

When you plant bougainvillea in the garden, you need to learn the ins and outs of caring for bougainvillea vines. Bougainvillea care takes less effort if you select the optimal site. Place these woody vines in a site with full sun and well-draining soil.

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