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11 Bell and Trumpet-Shaped Flowers for Australian Gardens

If you’re after some bell or trumpet-shaped flowers to add interest to your garden, there are many to choose from.

In any garden, there are usually a few plant species that stand out, whether for their unique shape, vibrant colours, or delightful fragrance.

Today, I am thrilled to share with you some of my favourite flowering plants and climbers that have not only enriched my gardening journey but also brought splashes of colour and wildlife to my backyard.

Allamanda cathartica (Golden Trumpet)

Allamanda cathartica cropped | Plant varieties
Allamanda cathartica / Photo by Mokkie / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY-SA 3.0

This was one of my favourite trumpet-shaped flowers when I lived in Queensland. It’s a hardy vine with the most gorgeous bright yellow flowers that appear all summer long. 

Unfortunately, Allamanda does not like the cold and is not frost-hardy. However, it can be grown in mild to warm climates around the country.

If you live in the south of the country where temperatures drop below 5 degrees Celsius, you can also grow it in a pot and bring it indoors in winter.

Brugmansia sanguinea (Angel’s Trumpet)

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Brugmansia sanguinea / Photo by Petruss / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY-SA 3.0

This delightful flowering shrub will display its gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers in spring and right through to autumn.

As a bonus, the flowers also have a soft fragrance. Flower colours include white, pink, orange, and salmon.

This plant is native to South America and can reach a height of 6 metres in tropical and subtropical areas.

However, its growth can be managed with regular pruning. Just make sure you wear gloves because all parts of the plant are toxic.

Correa pulchella

Correa pulchella cropped | Plant varieties
Correa pulchella / Photo by Daderot / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC0 1.0

I’ve more recently fallen in love with native Australian Correas because they are so easy to grow and virtually maintenance-free. There are also a huge number of different cultivars and varieties available. 

This gorgeous species has orange-pink bell-shaped flowers from May right through to August. It’s a compact shrub growing to around 0.6 metres tall.

To get the most flowers, it should be grown in full sun and well-drained soil.

Eremophila maculata (Spotted Emu Bush)

Eremophila maculata | Plant varieties
Eremophila maculata / Photo by Stan Shebs / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Another one of my favourite Australian native shrubs is the range of Eremophilas. These hardy shrubs are fast-growing and easy-care.

The spotted emu bush has lovely soft dark green to grey foliage and pretty yellow, pink, red, or mauve trumpet-shaped flowers. These flowers are a favourite with nectar-eating birds.

Eremophillas are moderately frost-tolerant and can handle extended periods of dry weather.

Gloxinia perennis (Canterbury Bells)

Gloxinia perennis | Plant varieties
Gloxinia perennis / Photo by Vengolis / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Canterbury bells would be familiar to people who have cottage gardens.

This lovely biennial plant has delicate bell-shaped flowers that come in a range of colours including white, pink, blue, and purple.

The flowers appear over summer and the plant can be grown from seed.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla | Plant varieties
Mandevilla hirsuta / Photo by Gabriele Kothe-Heinrich / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This is another hardy vine that has showy trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, apricot, and white in summer.

It will add a tropical feel to your garden and can be successfully grown in a large pot as long as you provide some climbing support.

Mandevilla can be grown in most parts of the country but should be protected from frosts. There are now many new cultivars that are even suitable for growing in hanging baskets.

Pandora jasminoides (Bower of Beauty)

Pandorea jasminoides | Plant varieties
Pandorea jasminoides / Photo by Hans / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

This attractive climber is native to Australia. It grows naturally in subtropical and tropical rainforests in eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

However, it can be grown successfully in southern states as long as it receives enough moisture and is protected from frosts while young.

The climber has glossy dark green leaves and really pretty pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

Because this is quite a vigorous climbing plant, it’s perfect as a screening plant to cover a fence or ugly wall.

Pandorea pandorana (Wonga Wonga Vine)

Pandorea pandorana Wonga Vine | Plant varieties
Pandorea pandorana I Photo by John Tann I Flickr (cropped) I CC BY 2.0

This is another Australian native climber with glossy green leaves and huge clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in white, cream, or yellow.

It flowers mainly in spring and is suitable for growing in temperate and tropical regions around the country.

It will adapt to most soils as long as they are free-draining and can handle a light frost. It will even grow in semi-shade.

It’s a vigorous climber and needs to be pruned regularly so that it doesn’t invade areas where it’s not wanted. 

Podranea ricasoliana (Pink Trumpet Vine)

Podranea ricasoliana | Plant varieties
Podranea ricasoliana / Photo by JFKCom / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0

The pink trumpet vine is a vigorous climber with glossy leaves and stunning pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

It’s great for growing over fences or walls but can also be shaped and pruned into a shrub or even a weeping standard.

This vine will flower in summer and autumn. It can be grown in most parts of Australia and is not bothered by pests and diseases. It’s also drought resistant.

Pyrostegia venusta (Orange Trumpet Vine)

Pyrostegia venusta | Plant varieties
Pyrostegia venusta / Photo by Extranet / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0

This is a popular screening plant and looks great shaped into a hedge. It’s a vigorous grower and does need regular pruning to help maintain its shape.

The outstanding orange trumpet-shaped flowers appear in winter and will last throughout spring. 

Apart from regular pruning, this plant is fairly maintenance-free and will grow in almost every soil.

Although young plants need to be protected from frosts, once established, this plant will grow happily even in colder climates.

I have one growing here on the Bass Coast in Victoria and also had a yellow variety in suburban Melbourne.

Billardiera scandens (Apple Berry)

Billardiera scandens Apple Berry | Plant varieties
Billardiera scandens / Photo by John Tann / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

The Apple Berry is a small shrub that can be grown as a native climber. It has white or pink flowers which bloom mostly in spring and summer.

These are followed by elongated fruit which is edible.

It grows in a variety of soils and tolerates light frost. This low-maintenance native plant will attract bees, birds and butterflies to your garden.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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