Bougainvillea, the dramatic exotic flower of Corfu
Is it possible to imagine a Mediterranean garden without a Bougainvillea? Its vivid paper like flowers adorn the walls of most Corfu Island villas creating a post card effect that characterises our natural habitat most of the year.
Bougainvillea’s natural habit is to climb into trees creating the most spectacular photographic effects. You can also tame her into a bush or sculpt her into various arch like scenarios by providing a structure upon which she can climb and clipping her frequently to the desired effect. In fact Bougainvilleas are a great substitute for Bonsai enthusiasts.
Bougainvillea are tropical plants, being native to Brazil, and thrive in intense heat. They are a sure sign that where you choose to go on holiday is certainly nice and hot.
During the cold months of Corfu’s winter a sudden frost can in fact burn Bougainvillea with the risk of losing the entire plant. Modern hybrids of Bougainvillea cover every shade in the red end of the spectrum, from rose to deep magenta, often with undertones of blue.