Did you know that the Bougainvillea shrub is named after the French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville who discovered this bright plant during his voyages in South America in 1768.
Interesting, the brightly coloured ‘petals’ are not petals of the flower at all, but instead are bracts that surround the inconspicuous little white tipped flower inside! These bracts are what attracted old Louis to bring this plant back to Europe, and there are now more than 300 different coloured varieties available!
At Cape Contours Landscape Design, we often include them in our garden designs, especially useful for screening a wall, or making a splash of colour through an inside window. They really are so bright and bold and they are hugely popular as ornamental plants. Great in pots too with a simple V-shaped trellis for support, they can add splashes of colour in areas where there is a lot of paving or not much other garden interest.