BENGALURU: Soon, various varieties of flowers at Lalbagh, the city’s largest and oldest botanical garden, will offer a feast for the eyes to visitors through the year. The horticulture department has taken up a project to increase the number of perennial flower varieties. Earlier, visitors could witness a mega bloom only during flower shows held in January and August.MR Chandrashekar, deputy director (Lalbagh), horticulture department, said they have already planted over 10,000 saplings of flower varieties which bloom for most part of the year. “Ixora, Caesalpinia, Mussaenda, Hydrangea, Pudica, Plumeria, Xanthostoma and Tecoma, among others, have been planted around the lake area, beside pathways extending from either side of the west gate near Lalbagh rock, the area between Double Road gate to Hopcoms. They are expected to bloom in two to three years,” he added. An official said flowers like rose and marigold last only for about three months. “There’s no doubt our flower shows draw huge crowds. But we don’t want to disappoint visitors who can’t make it to the shows or those who come to the park during other months. Perennials will add more colour to the 240-acre garden,” he added. Lalbagh, founded in 1760, is home to over 1,800 species of plants.