A recent trip to Spain’s Balearics Islands renewed our love affair with bougainvillea. This thorny creeper puts on the most spectacular display of flowers in warm climates and makes a dramatic statement against plain white walls and otherwise non-descript backgrounds. All species do best in warm to hot climates and flower from spring through to autumn. Once they are established they need little attention however they can grow into a rather thorny mess if not controlled and pruned in autumn to remove old flowers. They are starting to bloom here in Australia as we enter spring so we will luckily be able to enjoy these glorious blooms once again.