paired here with petunias and calibrachoas, are a
great bang for the gardening buck putting on a
dazzling show with tropical blooms until frost.
summer it seems the mandevilla is reigning supreme for
tropical flower power. Recently while in Columbus, Ga.,
I had the opportunity to visit The Landings, an upscale
shopping or lifestyle center. The containers and hanging
baskets were simply incredible thanks in part to the
dazzling show put on by the mandevillas.
mandevilla, also known as Brazilian jasmine, represents
one of the best values for your garden dollar. Sure they
are tropical, but when you consider the vigorous
climbing ability coupled with huge colorful flowers
until frost, you realize they are indeed hard to beat.
Alice du Pont has been around for a very long time and
is still the one to which all others are compared. The
large hot-pink funnel-shaped flowers and glossy
leather-textured leaves make this one of the truly great
summer vines. While I am touting them in containers and
baskets, know they will excel in the landscape as well,
provided your soil is fertile and well drained.
The Landings s the Alice du Pont mandevillas were
vigorously climbing out of baskets that were hanging
from ornate lampposts. This created a dramatic vertical
element. Others were featured prominently in large
containers. Their companions were other colorful
bloomers like calibracoas, petunias and lantanas.
other baskets they have the Sun Parasols mandevilla.
This hybrid is also stunning and has become one of the
hottest series in the market place. The Sun Parasol
series now boast three distinct groups featuring 17
selections. The three groups are original, giant and
pretty, and I assure you they are all pretty.
the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens we are using
Pretty Pink trained on bamboo poles. They give a
cloud-like bouquet of pink towering above pentas,
iresine and Diamond Frost euphorbia.
with most plants I write about, mandevillas need
well-drained soil to survive. This is one of the reasons
that these containers and baskets are so healthy and
picturesque. If we will prepare our landscape soil to
make it organic rich, we can duplicate the results
demonstrated in the containers.
best blooming, you will want your mandevilla to receive
at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Since it
is such a vigorous vine and flower producer, it needs
small doses of fertilizer every two to three weeks.
containers or baskets that get watered every day, like
those in the shopping center, fertilization is
mandatory. Frequent, dilute applications of a water
soluble fertilizer like a 20-20-20 will keep the plants
at peak performance. Be sure to maintain moisture during
the hot, dry times of the summer. A prolonged period
without water may prove fatal to the plant.
the South this is the choice plant of street-side
mailboxes everywhere. If you have lattice structures
around the house, however, the mandevilla will be
picture perfect. If you are lucky enough to have a white
a picket fence, then this is the plant to give you that
"Caribbean Cottage Style" like you might see
on the island of Saba or Martinique.
is still a lot of hot summer to go, so if you need a
vine with tropical color then shop at your local garden
center. Mandevillas are most likely a really good buy