The Q&A Archives: Alice Du Pont Mandevillla

Question: Need a fast growing vine to cover an 8ft. high, 30ft. wide fence. Neighbors remodeled and we have lost our privacy. Had to remove a glorious Morning Glory because it was damaging the fence. Please tell me if Alice Du Pont Mandevilla is a good choice against that fence. It is sunny all day on that side. Thank you so much for your help! Luisa Anderson.

Answer: Mandevilla is a tender woody vine much beloved by gardeners in warmer climates such as yours. It provides a nonstop bounty of huge pink trumpet shaped flowers shown off against attractive evergreen foliage. The very showy flowers have white and gold throats and are up to 4 in (10 cm) across and arranged in racemes (flower clusters). Mandevilla blooms heaviest in summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the year. This vine's fuzzy young stems twine around supports, eventually scrambling to heights up to 10 ft (3 m). The handsome leathery leaves are dark green, up to 8 in (20 cm) long and 3-4 in (7.6-10 cm) wide. Given adequate care, mandevilla is pest free and fast growing.

Native to southeastern Brazil, this very ornamental vine is enjoyed as a garden plant in mild climate areas around the world. It should be happy clinging to a fence in your garden.

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