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BLOOMING BRILLIANCE: DISCOVER THE BEST SUMMER ENDURING PLANTS FOR A THRIVING GARDEN

JULY 10, 2022

BY SONNY.VIRAH

Lush verdure epitomizes L&T’s latest ventures in Raintree Boulevard Hebbal. This characteristic assumes even greater significance in the newly unveiled Luxury Apartments on Bellary Main Road, boasting private front yard gardens. As the summer season approaches, we delve into the most suitable and enduring plant selections for crafting exquisitely landscaped home gardens in Bangalore.

Flame tree (Delonix regia)

Referred to as the Royal Poinciana, this rapidly growing evergreen tree boasts a profusion of scarlet blossoms. Indigenous to tropical forests, it thrives in warm and humid climates. Renowned across the globe for its clusters of stunning red flowers, the tree dons its vibrant attire during the balmy summer months. Each blossom consists of five reddish-orange or scarlet petals, with one petal standing out larger than the rest, adorned with yellow and white markings. The tree’s fruit takes the form of a seed pod, measuring over a foot in length. Ensure ample space for its growth, as this particular tree can reach heights of up to 40 feet, with a spreading width of 40 to 60 feet.

Yellow trumpet flower (Tecoma stans)

Hailing from tropical and subtropical regions spanning from Mexico to Argentina, the Yellow trumpetbush captivates with its resplendent bright yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Exhibiting a pleasing fragrance, it blooms throughout the year, with peak flowering occurring from September to November.

This tree thrives under full sun exposure and exhibits a remarkable tolerance to drought, rendering it ideal for the hot climate. Its bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers, measuring up to three inches in length, blossom in clusters at the tips of its branches. Furthermore, it showcases slender green pods that can extend up to a foot in length.

Yellow trumpetbush flourishes in rock gardens and makes a striking shrub border or a captivating addition to patio pots.

White Frangipani tree (Plumeria alba)

The White Frangipani tree, a deciduous member of the Plumeria family, hails from tropical regions and reaches heights of 15 to 25 feet. Like other Plumeria varieties, it bears exquisitely fragrant and visually appealing flowers, gracing the landscape from early summer through fall. The blossoms of the White Frangipani feature a spiral arrangement of five white petals surrounding a yellow center. As a tropical plant, it flourishes exclusively in warm climates or within the shelter of greenhouses. During the dry winter season, it undergoes a dormant phase, shedding its leaves, only to burst back to life with vibrant colors in spring.

White Frangipani finds widespread usage in landscape design and remains relatively compact, making it an excellent choice for controlled spaces. Its drought-tolerant nature allows it to thrive even in coastal areas.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra)

These tropical, vine-like shrubs thrive effortlessly year-round in every climate of Bangalore. Resistant to drought and basking in the sun, they infuse vibrant hues into the surroundings. However, their rigorous growth demands regular maintenance. The actual flowers of the Bougainvillea are small and typically white, while their true allure lies in the surrounding colorful bracts. The bracts, often referred to as “false flowers,” exhibit a wide spectrum of shades, including red, purple, magenta, hot pink, light pink, orange, apricot, and white. These eye-catching bracts serve as a backdrop that entices pollinators towards the hidden, smaller flowers nestled within.

Elephant bush (Portulacaria afra)

Also known as Elephant Bush, Elephant’s Food, Spekboom (in South Africa), or Miniature Jade, this adorable succulent represents an ideal addition to your outdoor garden for several reasons. Apart from its visual appeal, it is edible, adaptable to various environments, and possesses a remarkable ability to absorb carbon dioxide, thus purifying the air more efficiently than many other plants. In Southern African cuisine, this plant is considered a delicacy, being rich in Vitamin C. Elephant Bush thrives under the scorching desert sun, enduring extreme heat and high humidity. Under optimal conditions, it can reach heights of 6 to 8 feet and expand indefinitely.

Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

As its name suggests, the Golden barrel cactus presents a nearly perfect round shape during its juvenile phase, making it a captivating display plant. Its deeply ribbed lobes are adorned with evenly spaced rows of spines, creating a beautiful aesthetic. With age, the cactus elongates, resulting in an oval rather than circular form. Although it can grow quite large when fully mature, reaching up to 6 feet, its growth rate is incredibly slow. While becoming increasingly rare in its native habitat, the Golden barrel cactus is frequently cultivated as a houseplant. Occasionally, it is employed in outdoor gardens in dry climates. However, its likelihood of flowering indoors is lower compared to when grown in garden beds or yards.

Desert or foxtail grass (alopecuroides)

Foxtail grass, also known as Pennisetum alopecuroides or “fountain grass,” embodies both beauty and resilience. During fall, it blooms with enchanting plumes that exude a gentle, feathery quality. Ranging in height from 18 inches to three feet, this grass provides perfect shading for shorter flowers that thrive in indirect sunlight. Utilize it as a decorative filler plant for open soil patches in your garden or yard, ensuring that you prune perennial varieties to the ground before new growth emerges in spring.