A very popular ornamental plant in Asia and across South America, Bougainvillea blooms and thrives well in a very hot climate all year round. It is also a natural choice for coastal areas because of its tolerance in a salty and sandy environment. Even though I can only have Bougainvillea as a houseplant in winter, I am still able to enjoy its beautiful heart-shaped leaves and papery clusters of flowers in white, pink, orange, purple, and burgundy outside during summertime. The one I have growing is a double-flowered cultivar hanging in a basket. This very attractive plant requires little maintenance once it is established. It can be trained to grow anywhere you want it to be, along the fence lines, climbing over the trellis or walls.
But beware of its beauty because it can prick you badly. Bougainvillea is a great security defense line for many homes in the Philippines. The plant is trained to grow along the fence lines or the house gate for security purposes because these thorny plants are sharp and fierce and can be very painful if your skin is punctured from touching each leaf on the plant. This beauty is dangerous if not handled with care.