Beaumontia grandiflora - Herald's Trumpet
Beaumontia is an outstanding scrambling shrub or climbing plant for larger gardens. It has beautiful large white flowers and large deep green leaves with prominent veins. Naive to the Himalayas, it is happiest in warmer climates, but will tolerate some short lived light frosts in temperate climates. If pruned after flowering, this plant makes a nice shrub, or it can be trained over a trellis or other support. Make sure the plant is held by a sturdy structure because it grows large and heavy....plants can grow to 10 metres tall. Provide a sunny position ( or semi-shade ) and a well-drained soil and you will be rewarded with a great display of flowers in Summer, and also late winter to spring if in the right position. You can cut some flowers for inside and the strong seductive perfume will fill the room. The plant is quite useful, having some medicinal uses and a strong fiber is obtained from the young twigs. I took these photos in North Sydney, where the plant was trained over the entrance to a residential garage.