Colourful surprises

Sidebar: The colours of the rainbow 

Look out for these delightful flowers and fragrances in the Botanic Park’s Colour Garden:

  • Red section – large leafed plants like Heliconias, Gingers and a wide variety of Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum), which gives it more of a tropical rain forest feeling than anywhere else in the park.
  • Orange section – Canary Island Date Palm, Fish Tail Palms, and the bromeliad, Aechemea blanchetiana, which is planted in a mass with its completely orange strapping leaves.
  • Yellow section – the smell of the Ylang-Ylang tree, which is one of the main ingredients of the perfume Chanel No. 5. The wonderful sounds of the Golden Stemmed Bamboo are also ever present as the stalks rub each other in the breeze.
  • White section – Sandpaper vine (Petrea volubis albiflora) which is a fast growing vine that produces clusters of white flowers that are on occasion mistaken for wisteria by some northern visitors. The common name is derived from the rough sandpaper-like quality of the leaves.