Pandorea, are vigorous evergreen climbing and twining plants best known as ‘Bower of Beauty’ or ‘Wonga Wonga Vine’.
Found from Northern QLD through to Southern Victoria the species include
- Pandorea jasminoides ‘Bower of beauty’. This is a species with larger flowers and does not tolerate frosts
- Pandorea pandorana ‘Golden Showers’ has smaller yellow trumpet shaped flowers, very colourful with good dense foliage. Both readily available for sale from both online and retail nurseries. ‘Snow Bells’ is a white flowering cultivar as is Pandorea jasminoides alba ‘Lady Di’.
With increased awareness many new cultivars are coming onto the market, generally larger flowers and purer colours.
A sunny position free from frost in a well drained humus rich soil is best for these free flowering climbers. Characterised by long yellow or white trumpet shaped flowers they are a hardy vine once established. Prune lightly to keep in shape. P.jasmanoides (see picture right) has attractive white flowers, some cultivars with more of a a pink throat than others, a very attractive climber also a variegated form, Pandorea jasminoides ‘Variegata’ .
- Evergreen Climber
- Height – To 8m
- Landscaping Uses – Climber on a fence, pergola or overhang a wall.
- Pruning – Tip prune to keep a bushy habit, hard prune to reduce size or reinvigorate plant
- Soil – Humus rich well drained
- Water requirements – Keep moist by mulching, extra water during long dry spells