Some varieties of bougainvillea include James Walker and Helen Johnson, which are dwarf varieties that can be grown in hanging baskets or in rock gardens. James Walker sports brilliant pink flowers, which are actually bracts, while Helen Johnson has buds that open to orange blooms that turn pink over time.
Some bougainvillea varieties are known by several names. Miss Alice, for example, is also called Mauna Kea white, moonlight and Singapore white, among others. This thornless, semi-dwarf bougainvillea has white flowers. Vera deep purple is another semi-dwarf type of bougainvillea with pink-purplish flowers and round light green leaves. Though many bougainvilleas come in shades of red or pink, California gold is a tall-growing bougainvillea with yellow flowers.