Evergreen with bright-orange flowers
A tecomaria has to be seen in mature form, spreading casually over a fence, against a wall or down a slope, before it can be truly appreciated. In nurseries, many tecomarias in 1-gallon containers can look like sticks with unpromising potential.
But once those plants take off, a wall or fence will be the better for it. The leaflets are a handsome dark green, resembling dense rose leaves, the sort of background green that makes plants in front of it look good. Although tecomaria's growth habit can be rangy, the leaflets add a delicate contrast.
Tecomaria blooms from October through winter, although isolated clusters open all year long. No matter how long it blooms, it never seems enough; the flowers are an intense dark orange, almost red, with an exotic, orchid-like form. But tecomaria doles them out rather stingily. It is rare to see a tecomaria covered in blooms like a camellia or azalea.