PLANT OF THE MONTH // Frangipani

Botanical name: Plumeria spp.

Origin: South & Central America

Immortalised by the Aztecs during the 15th Century and spread to Asia by the Spanish in the 16th century, today, the frangipani stands as an icon of the tropics within the Australian landscape. It’s scent is seductive, and form architectural, making the Frangipani the perfect statement for any garden. 

Frangipani love neglect, dry sandy soils and full sun, they are often spotted growing close to the coast where they can catch the salty sea air. They can be used in multiple ways, as a shade cover, or a feature, with mature frangipani’s growing to around 6m high and 5m wide. Their slow growth rate and small root ball makes them ideal for pots, planter beds and gardens beside walls. 

Frangipani Sydney Garden Design

This courtyard garden in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Paddington. Designed, built and maintained by Outdoor Establishments showcases beauty in the detail with the frangipani acting as a sculpture. Sharing it’s pot is the clumping, Zoysia tenuifolia. With limited space the design is a balance of beauty and functionality.