Known for their vibrant colours cascading down walls and ground covering power, bougainvillea are classified as scrambling shrubs that can become vigorous climbers in climates that are similar to their native habitat which extends from tropical to temperate regions. Due to their fast growing nature, they can quickly and easily cover an unsightly fence line or wall.
If you love the flamboyant flower display of bougainvilleas, but find their large size and robust growth a bit of a turnoff, you will adore the mini-bougs on offer in the Bambino bougs dwarf range.
Climbing type: Although technically a scrambler, the compact form of the Bambinos means many of them behave more like shrubs than climbers.
Aspect: Full sun will encourage the best flower displays. They prefer dry-ish winters with reliable moisture throughout the summer. Free-draining soil is a must.
Water and food: For best flowering keep them on the dry side and like all bougainvilleas, the dwarf varieties are also big feeders. Fertilise with a slow release fertilizer that is high in Potash.
Highlights: The flowers are technically bracts, which are modified leaves, and they come in an array of neon colours. The foliage stays lush and green when not in flower.