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Monday, March 23, 2015 Container GardeningHibiscusMandevillaSummer

Go Bold with Tropic Escape

Mandevilla have come a long way in the past few years. I remember growing the old-fashioned varieties, with their long, lanky stems and relatively few pink flowers. 

Today, mandevilla -- especially our Tropic Escape® series -- offer a lot more variety. You can get climbing varieties for trellises and other structures, but now they're available in rich shades of red, pink, and white. They're not as lanky, either -- so you get a fuller-looking plant with a lot more blooms. But there are also mounding types that are perfect for filling a pot (either by themselves or mixed with other tropicals, annuals, or perennials). 

If you haven't grown mandevilla before, give them a try. I've found that they're surprisingly durable when I get too busy to water them as well as I should. They hold up better than you think! 

Looking for some easy-care that grow well with Tropic Escape® mandevilla? Here are some of my favorite no-fuss, big-impact companions:

-- Angelonia (its spiky shape is a fun counterpoint to mounding mandevillas)
-- Evolvulus (its blue flowers look good with all colors of mandevilla)
-- Elephant ear (the bold, tropical foliage is a perfect companion for Tropic Escape® plants)
-- Lantana (like angelonia, it also flowers nonstop no matter how hot the weather gets)
-- Scaevola (this low-growing groundcover is perfect way to accent mounding and climbing mandevillas)

Learn more about selecting the best type of mandevilla for your yard. 

What do you think the perfect pairing is for mandevilla? Go to our Facebook page and let us know! 

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