Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spring Flowers {Bougainvillea}


On a recent jaunt to the French Quarter, I was immediately taken by the bougainvilleas trailing over walls.



Coupled with architecture that is so New Orleans, the bougainvillea looks terrific climbing and trailing wooden fences and brick walls.


The bougainvillea is an immensely showy, floriferous and hardy plant.  Virtually pest-free and disease resistant, it rewards its owner with an abundance of color and vitality when it is well looked after.  The bougainvillea’s versatility is legendary.  It can be coaxed into a small manageable pot plant or a sizeable tree, to spread itself vertically on a wall, or climb up a trellis and form a luscious crown or burst forth into graceful arches.  It makes one of the best hedges, bushes, and curb-liners.  And as for bonsai or topiary purposes, it has few equals, lending its complex branching to the pruning shears, which promote even more unique and graceful forms.  It is probably true to say that without the bougainvillea, our roads, parks, and private gardens would be a lot less colorful that what we see today.  Almost everywhere we go, its brilliant hues and cheerful bursts punctuate the lush green mantle that cloaks our tropical environment.  Other flowering plants certainly pale in comparison.

I too loved this brick wall covering in jasmine. It doesn’t get much better than this.


See my past jasmine post: click HERE

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Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here

Bougainvillea, y’all!


  1. Beautiful! I'm seeing some bougainvilleas in your courtyard in the future! Have a great day! xoxo

  2. The bougainvilleas are gorgeous - especially with that architecture! I wish we had them here but I always enjoy seeing those flowers when we travel to the Caribbean.

  3. Love love jasmine. You know I have a black thumb and mine is still alive :-)

  4. Jasmine is sooooo southern; and I adore bougainvillea, especially in the yellowish hue! Great post!

  5. Beautiful! My Jasmine is blooming but I have a hard time trying to grow bougainvilleas. They loose their leaves in winter and never bloom. I love those in NPLA and Calif.
    Hugs, Ginger

  6. I love bougainvilleas! I just can't seem to get mine as beautiful and lush as this one is!

  7. Beautiful bougainvilleas. Profuse bloomers in the South.

  8. Ron, these bougainvilleas are gorgeous. I've not had luck growing bougainvillea. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

  9. This is gorgeous! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back! Have a great day,Nicole


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