Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Beautiful Bambinos; Valerie and Gerry Zwart Add Some Colour

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Beautiful Bambinos; Valerie and Gerry Zwart Add Some Colour

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OUR best wishes to our readers for a very happy New Year, and may 2014 be a healthy and happy one for you, your family and your garden!

With that in mind, this is an excellent time to suggest some really good ways to beautify your surroundings, and provide some magnificent colour throughout the year for yourself with bambino bougainvilleas.

These bougainvilleas are smaller, compact growing versions of the popular red and purple varieties we've known for many years, and are easy to grow and control, and make wonderful feature plants in a variety of situations.

The list we have contains 16 different-named varieties from such gorgeous names as Beesnees a lovely white, to Jellibene, a gorgeous red with variegated foliage, Siggi an eye-catching yellow, Miski a flamboyant orange with variegated foliage and Zeffa, a lovely purple.

They all grow well in gardens, pots, planter boxes and courtyard containers. While they're evergreen in our warm part of the world, they produce their flamboyant floral display several times a year, and are water savers as well as low maintenance plants.

They will grow in most soil types providing they have good drainage, but for best results, work the soil up by first incorporating compost before planting. At planting time, water them in well, and apply mulch to a depth of about 5cm, being sure to keep it away from the base of the plant.

When planting in containers, only use quality potting media, and do not allow it to dry out.

Bambinos make delightful low hedging plants in all the same colour, as well as alternate planting, say red and white, or several different colours can be spectacular.

Try them near your outdoor living area, and those with swimming pools will find they make a beautiful display in containers that can be moved around to suit your mood if you wish.

Care instructions

Pruning to keep them to the size you prefer can be done once or twice annually. …

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