Monday, December 16, 2013

Two double Bougainvilleas

Bougainvillea ' Klong Fire'
Bougainvillea 'Pagoda Pink'
Ok so they look remarkably similar in the photos but 'Klong Fire' starts out as a rich dark red and ages to hot pink while 'Pagoda Pink starts out hot pink and fades to a softer pink. Both are just as vigorous as the single flowering varieties but the flower heads of 'bracts' are denser and there seems to be more of them. Both make good container grown specimens and they can be kept dwarf and compact with ease and flowering for most of the time as well. I must say I like to grow Bougainvilleas without stakes. Most are sold tied up like Joan of Arc in a stiff manner but if left untied and pruned as a compact shrub they are more versatile as to their ultimate use, either as a container or planter box specimen or to be espaliered against a wall or made to cascade over an embankment or grow up over a pergola. Leave off the stakes please growers.....

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