Bougainvillea’s versatility and beauty, coupled with Greece’s warm Mediterranean climate (which enables the plant to bloom year-round), has made Bougainvillea the go-to ornamental plant for gardeners across the Aegean. It snakes across tavernas, rooftops, churches, and marketplaces all across Greece– the perfect complement to the striking whites and royal blues that define the region’s architecture.
Interesting facts are:
- It’s not the flowers that make this plant so colourful, it’s actually the magenta bracts. The flowers are just tiny and white.
- Bougainvilleas grow 1-12 metres (3 to 39 feet) in height depending on the species, and can be grown in pots, as a bonsai, in hanging baskets, along walls, over trellises, as a hedge and other places in the garden.
- Bougainvilleas grow well in warm to hot climates, although they can become dormant and lose their leaves in winter if it becomes too cold, and they can be damaged by frosts.
- Bougainvillea requires a fair amount of water and high-fertility soil.