Bougainvillea......A few things that attracts me about this plant is that it's extremely hardy, virtually pest-free, and it's got gorgeous, dazzling color. These plants do well in Southern California and require full sun, and reportedly do best under stress (ie, slightly on the dry side).
How to Grow Bougainvillea. Bougainvillea is a tropical, shrub-like vine that bursts forth with colorful flowers for 11 months of the year if it's planted in the right climate. To grow bougainvillea, plant it in full sun, slightly acidic.