Most of the flowers are on bushes or trees. There are only a few that grow from the ground. But, Bird of Paradise is one of them! I live in a flower garden. The first time I cut flowers from the yard and put them in a vase on the table, I soon had many tiny ants all over the table as well. Now I always submerse the flowers to avoid that problem
Bougainvillea loves the climate here and has to be controlled or it will choke out the trees on which it climbs. This actually happened to our neighbor's tree. When a stiff wind came along, the tree fell over landing on his SUV. These look like tissue paper flowers and come in every hue.
Another fascinating thing about these flowering trees is that they flower continuously. There is no season where we do not have flowers; ah, perpetual summer.
For a very special occasion here like a wedding or a funeral, the flowers of choice are....
SILK FLOWERS! I understand this; if you can't have roses, have silk. The only flower shops I have seen here sell ... you guessed it, silk flowers.