Emperor is one of 21 selections available in the
Sun Parasol series.
years ago, the Sun Parasol mandevilla made its debut in
the country and those of us who were present knew this
tropical climber was here to stay. What we didnít know
was that this series giving a tropical magic to the
garden would one day feature 21 varieties. We could not
have imagined a red and white striped selection, like
Stars and Stripes, a soft orange like the Sun Parasol
Apricot or a Giant Red Emperor with the ability to climb
10 to 15 feet and produce flowers 3 to 5-inches wide.
time we thought they couldnít do it, the breeders from
Suntory did. Including creating varieties that produced
so many flowers that the only way you could count them
would be by pulling them off one at a time. Even that
would be considered a laborious task.
Parasols mandevillas are found in three major groups the
Pretty Group, Giant Group, and Original Group. Then
there is the Designer Group with currently one selection
Designer White, and two individual colors, Sun Parasol
Apricot and Sun Parasol Garden Crimson. All are simply
dazzling and worth every penny for your garden dollar.
the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, we used Pretty
Pink trained on bamboo poles. They gave a cloud-like
bouquet of pink towering above pentas, iresine, and
Diamond Frost euphorbia. At Jekyll Island Georgia a top
tourist destination, they were in large mixed containers
and mesmerized visitors with the abundance of flowers.
year when I saw Sun Parasol Apricot at a shopping center
in Columbus, Ga., I was stunned by its color and could
not take my eyes off the creative combination that
featured it with blue scaevola a complementary
partnership that before had been impossible. Sun Parasol
Red Emperor in the Giant Group made its debut in 2014
with huge 3 to 5-inch deep red flowers produced all
summer on a plant that is supercharged.
with most plants I write about, these Sun Parasol
mandevilla hybrids need well-drained soil to survive.
This is one of the reasons that these containers and
baskets are so healthy and picturesque. If we prepare
our landscape soil to make it organic-rich, we can
duplicate the results 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
fertilization is mandatory. Frequently, dilute
applications of a water-soluble fertilizer like a
20-20-20 to 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.
Sun Parasol mandevilla is the perfect plant to get you
started growing vertically in the garden. Sure, you can
grow it on the street side mailbox, but why not also
grow up on a Victorian tower, a lamp post, a lattice
trellis, or the classic white picket fence. Can you just
imagine the look of a Saba or St. Bartís Caribbean
have a lot of hot growing season to go and if your
landscape could use some pizzazz from tropical color
then get to the garden center quickly for the Sun