If you’re a fan of Mandevilla, you’ll know this exotic, tropical vine for its showy flowers and glossy green leaves. Whether grown on a garden trellis or in a hanging basket, it’s a show-stopper!
Read on to learn about the variety of Mandevilla colors available, plus tips on growing and caring for Mandevilla.
Mandevilla Colors and Varieties
Mandevilla vines are famous for eye-catching, trumpet-shaped blooms in beautiful shades of red, pink, yellow, purple, cream, and white. Varieties include –
Alice DuPont Mandevilla produces lots of showy rose-pink blooms with yellow centers. Alice DuPont grows 12 feet tall, with 2 to 3 feet spread.
Crimson shows off bright red flowers – it’s a quick trellis climber that blooms from spring to fall. Crimson Mandevilla grows up to 15 feet.
Merlot displays large wine-red blooms with a gold center. Merlot Mandevilla loves a bright sunny spot with plenty of heat. This variety grows to 6 feet tall, with a 2-foot spread.
Double Pink produces lovely shell pink flowers with white accents. The rose-like blooms are fully double. Double pink grows up to 15 feet with a 2-foot spread.
Rio Pink sports bright pink flowers with yellow centers. Rio pink blooms measure a big 3 inches across Rio pink loves the heat and humidity.
Bush Easy Pink has a mounding growth habit, so it works well as part of a container garden. The flowers are a true medium pink.
Bride’s Cascade features bold white tubular blooms with yellow centers. Bride’s cascade grows to 10 feet with a 2-foot spread.
Moonlight Parfait features large, shell pink flowers. The glossy pointed leaves stay dark green throughout the season.
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Mandevilla Good To-Knows
Mandevilla is an evergreen, twining vine that produces colorful trumpet-shaped flowers.
They are also excellent for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.
Some parts of the Mandevilla are known to be toxic to animals and humans so care should be taken when planting it around children and pets. A good thing – deer aren’t a big fan of Mandevilla vines and tend to leave them alone in favor of more flavorful plants.
Where to Plant a Mandevilla Vine
Mandevilla is a climbing vine. Some varieties can reach up to 15 feet in length! An ideal planting spot is an area where the plant has lots of room to freely grow upward –
- Near a fence
- Next to a trellis or other garden structure
- Trailing downward from a retaining wall or graduated slope
- In outdoor pots and containers
- Next to a tree, mailbox or outdoor light pole
- Near a garden wall
Mandevilla is also considered a trailing plant so it’s suited for use as a ‘spiller’ in the ‘thriller-filler-spiller’ plant container technique. Plant it near the edge of the pot so the flowers will spill gracefully over the sides.
A question that often comes up – Is Mandevilla an annual or perennial plant? It depends on where you live. The Mandevilla vine is native to South America.
It is designated a tender perennial in the US, which means it will return yearly in USDA zones 9 to 11. The plant can survive zone 8 winters with a layer of mulch for protection.
In northern zones, it won’t survive outside freezing temps but can be grown indoors as a houseplant.
Growing and Caring for Mandevilla
Soil – Mandevilla vines prefer a well-drained, sandy soil with a little compost in the mix. A good soil ‘recipe’ for Mandevilla is two parts potting soil to one part garden sand.
Light and location – Mandevilla thrives in indirect light or in filtered sunlight. A spot that gets sun in the morning and filtered shade in the afternoon is ideal. Long periods of the direct sun may burn the foliage. An area protected from high winds is recommended. These conditions will contribute to healthy Mandevilla colors and blooms.
Temperature – Like their South American cousins, tropical Mandevilla thrives in warm, humid conditions. Keep the soil evenly moist for best results.
Fertilizer – For the most beautiful and abundant blooms throughout the season, feed your Mandevilla every other week with high phosphorus, water-soluble fertilizer.
Pruning – Mandevilla vines do require occasional pruning or pinching. A plant that is left untended may start to look unruly and bloom less. Mandevilla can be pruned any time it’s needed, but the best time to prune is before the plant begins to sprout new shoots – late winter or early spring.
Mandevilla flowers bloom on new growth. An old stem that is pruned will quickly produce new strong stems in the spring.
Pinching back your Mandevilla will create a lush and full plant. Once the plant has grown a few inches in length, use your thumb and forefinger to ‘pinch’ 1/4 to 1/2 inch off each stem tip.
It’s a good idea to prune your Mandevilla once a year to keep it compact and healthy.
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How to Support a Mandevilla Vine – Trellises & More
Mandevilla vines and other plants that are tall or top-heavy require some sort of support to keep them upright and continuing to grow well. Supports are also essential for plants grown in a location that experiences continual breezes.
Plant supports are often used for individual specimen or ornamental plantings. The support shouldn’t take away from the beauty of the plant – but should serve as a ‘quiet’, supportive back-drop.
Eventually, the plant’s foliage will grow to hide the support.
Attach the Mandevilla vine to the trellis or other support with plant twist ties, adding more ties as the vine grows. Attach the vine to the support firmly, but leave a little room for the stem to move in the wind and allow for growth.
Cut pieces of pantyhose also work well as ties – they stretch as the plant grows.
Mandevilla are versatile – they easily grow on a trellis, in a hanging basket, or in a container with support. With the wide range of Mandevilla colors and varieties available, you’re sure to find the perfect Mandevilla to beautify your home garden.
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