Sometimes called the Climbing Tibouchina, this is a smaller growing species than most other Tibouchina and Tibouchina laxa is more of a scrambling plant than an actual climber.
Very attractive purple flowers are also small, but a brilliant colour. Best grown again a fence or trellis where you can encourage it to scramble up to reach around 2m (6ft) in height.
Although this is really a sub tropical plant from Peru and nearby areas it does grow well in cooler climates as long as it protected from frost.
How to grow Tibouchina laxa
Best planted in a protected position where the plant can grow into full sun or at least very good morning sun.
- Plant and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
Help the new growth to find its way up the trellis or fence, or allow it grow through small shrubs.
- In good soil it requires very little extra fertiliser although a general purpose slow release fertiliser applies in spring will promote better growth.
- Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run.
- During long dry spells in summer some extra water will be beneficial.
Tibouchina ‘Noelene’ is fast growing and has flowers that emerge near white and change to a mauve/pink colour. More About Tibouchina