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.