The Q&A Archives: Bouganivillea alternatives

Question: The Bougainvillea that were just planted at work (Rose Hills Menorial Park) died due to the cold weather. They were planted adjacent a metal fence in full sun,in an open area. Can you suggest some alternative vines to climb on the fence and give good color that would be cold hardy? Evergreen would be best. Thanks in advance for your help. Bill

Answer: Your bougainvilleas may come back so don't give up on them just yet. The winter killed leaves will drop off and new growth should begin in about 6 weeks. Even if the stem tips have died back, the roots should send out new growth this spring. If not, a replacement is in order. If you truly like the look of bougainvillea, you can plant the variety 'Barbara Karst'. It is one of the most cold hardy bougainvilleas available. If you'd rather plant something else, try evergreen honeysuckle (Lonicera) or Clytostoma callistegioides, the lavender trumpet vine. This evergreen vine grows in sun or shade and light lavender trumpet-like flowers borne in spring and summer. Glossy green foliage.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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