Samford HouseModern Garden, Brisbane
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Flirty frangipaniFrangipani (Plumeria) is loved for the delicate spirals of its creamy, hot-pink or peachy flowers, well-proportioned trees, shapely leaves and, of course, its enticing scent. For many, just a whiff is enough to evoke memories of tropical holidays, pina coladas and warm summer nights. Fallen flowers floating in a bowl make for an exotic table centrepiece.Frangipanis are flirts. They flaunt their pale blooms and seductive perfume, but moths seeking nectar are disappointed, as frangipanis have none. Pollination occurs when moths go from flower to flower fruitlessly seeking nectar, carrying pollen dust on their bodies.
Frangipani While making us long for tropical holidays, the frangipani (Plumeria) symbolises many things for different cultures. These include prosperity, immortality, life and death, and new beginnings. They are also associated with marriage and love and are features of many garden weddings. The frangipani has countless varieties in Australia, and simply symbolises summer and the pure joy of that season for many of us.
2. FrangipaniPrized for their scented blooms that waft you to the tropics with one sniff, frangipani trees (Plumeria) also have an elegant shape that superbly complements contemporary minimalist buildings like this one. Most species are deciduous, but the leafless branches have a sculptural beauty and the fragrance of their flowers in summer more than compensates for the lack of leaves in winter. Frangipani need a frost-free location and plenty of sun to flower well. Tip: Frangipani are best planted in pots in cooler areas or against a north-facing wall.
2. The shrub With their green shiny leaves and sweet, scented flower clusters, evergreen Singapore frangipani (Plumeria obtusa) are a popular choice among frangipani lovers. They make stunning feature planting and can even be clipped to form a hedge.
ScentHeady perfumed flowers are an intrinsic element of subtropical gardens and can be extremely evocative. The sweet summer scent of the frangipani is unmistakeable and is an iconic symbol of tropical gardens around the world, including Australia. Other popular scented flowering plants include gardenia, jasmine and ginger, but don’t just think flowers when considering scent in your garden. The leaves of plants, such as cardamom, lemon-scented myrtle, lavender and rosemary, are a fragrant treat when planted along pathways.