Types of Fuchsia Bougainvillea

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Types of Fuchsia Bougainvillea
Fucshia-coloured bougainvillea give a tropical touch to gardens and landscapes. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

If you're looking for a fuchsia-coloured tropical looking vine, small shrub or container plant, bougainvillea can offer that and more. There are several fuchsia-coloured bougainvillea cultivars to choose from. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is the colour fuchsia. You may notice the colour described as red, pink or purple on the plant label, but that's just because some biologists and growers limit their colour descriptions to "basic" colours. Fuchsia bougainvillea plants provide vivid colour and splendour to garden and landscape designs.

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James Walker

Bougainvillea "James Walker" is particularly striking and attractive because in addition to the vibrant fuchsia colour, it is reliable to produce growth that is full and thick. The 20- to 30-foot-long growth capability makes this cultivar an exceptional choice to climb on a trellis or trail a wall. Flowers traditionally bloom from spring through summer, and the foliage is evergreen. Give James Walker a minimum of five hours of sunshine each day. James is best suited for zones 10 to 11. Otherwise, you can grow James Walker bougainvillea as an annual.

Singapore Pink

The fuchsia colouring of Bougainvillea "Singapore Pink" is reminiscent of the vivid colours of the gardens and temples of Asia. This cultivar boasts large and showy flowers that need minimal watering and can survive in the dry climates of USDA zones 10 to 11. Singapore pink is a compact grower that you can train to maintain a short, shrub stature of only 3 to 4 feet. The short height gives you options to plant Singapore pink along borders, in containers or to mass several plants for a brilliantly coloured display.

Miami Pink

Let Bougainvillea "Miami Pink" bring a touch of the tropics to your garden, whether you live in South Beach or on the southern side of any town, anywhere. Even if you live outside of Miami Pink's preferred location (USDA zones 10 to 11), you can plant this bougainvillea as an annual. It is a fast grower and has a long blooming season, flowering all through summer. It can reach lengths from 20 to 30 feet. During the first year of growth, water more frequently to help the plant establish its root system. This is actually a good practice to follow with any bougainvillea.

Vera Deep Purple

Bougainvillea "Vera Deep Purple" is arguably the most vivid of all fuchsia-coloured bougainvilleas. It thrives best in USDA zones 9 to 11, or you can grow it as an annual elsewhere. Give Vera a front and centre location, such as a flower bed or border area, so its colours will command the attention of all. This cultivar is thornless. Vera's compact growth of no more than 12 inches makes it a great choice to bring brilliant colour to containers on a patio or poolside, so its fuchsia colour can pair with the turquoise colour of the water. Vera is also a fine choice for hanging baskets to decorate a porch or pergola. As long as it gets a spot in the sun, it will be happy. Once established, it won't even bother you much about water.

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