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Diggin’ In: Tropicals Take Your Back Yard to Another Latitude

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By Kathy Van Mullekom

They twine, climb and splash everything with jewel-like color.

“Have them climb along a trellis or fence, trail from containers and window boxes, or crawl along and over a garden bed-wherever they land, these mandevillas sparkle,” Karen says.

Mandevilla prefers temperatures 50 degrees and above, weekly waters and a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two to three weeks. Repot into a larger container as soon as you bring your new plant home.

Mix it up
For a really lush island look, Weir-Jimerson suggests you pair hibiscus and mandevilla together in the same combo pot or in-ground planting. The more you plant, the more you feel those tropical breezes.

“A humdrum porch becomes a tropical paradise instantly — and with very little fuss,” she says.

Kathy Van Mullekom is garden/home columnist for the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

©2013 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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