Bulletproof landscape plants. Not all plants are equal. Many require the soil and climate (amongst other things) to be 'just right'. The plants described in this article are the ones that deserve the title of 'bulletproof' and are a good starting point for an easy-care garden.
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Bougainvillea 'Smarty Pants' is a smaller growing variety of Bougainvillea with hot pink flowers and upright growth habit, with smaller thorns than regular bougainvilleas. The flowers and leaves are densely packed along the stems, giving an attractive, full look.
Bougainvilleas are thorny, woody perennial climbing vines that are popular for their very colourful displays of flowers, pest and disease resistance, and salt and dryness tolerance. They are evergreen in warm moist conditions, but can be deciduous if there is a dry season. The colourful part of the flower is the bract which surrounds the small white flower.
Bougainvilleas will grow over anything that will give the sturdy stems support, from trees, verandahs, fences and trelisses. They can also be grown as plants that will spill down over banks and walls. 'Smarty Pants' can be grown as a pendulous ornamental for flowering baskets, and it can be trimmed and trained as a standard plant.
Bougainvilleas are best suited to warm, frost free areas, and can flower all year round in tropical climates. They are drought tolerant once established, and too much water can set back their growth. They like a sunny postion and regular fertiliser. They can be grown in a partial shaded postion, but this may decrease the flowering somewhat.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter
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This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
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Types of fertiliser: not specified.