November 15, 2019

Tropical Allure

Pink mandevilla

Pink mandevilla - Photo courtesy of Forest's Edge Garden

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Mandevilla is a plant of the tropics, which should give you a good idea of its hardiness here in Maine. However, this member of the periwinkle family puts on a spectacular show as annual even in our climate. The plant produces a solid base with glossy-green foliage, but it will readily put up runners, twining around supports, and blossoming all along those runners with a steady flow of flowers — 2 to 3 inches across — all season long, right up until frost. It can be used in a pot and trained up a support, or as a hanging plant. It also makes a bright houseplant. In addition to pink, it comes in white and shades of red.

Today’s Daily Plant is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Forest’s Edge Garden in Hampden, which grows mandevilla.