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Question: What would go good in a 16 inch container with a Mandevilla? My husband bought me one for Mother's Day, but it was in a 12 inch pot and it looks sort of lonely and incomplete in there. I know it will grow (spread) somewhat in size over time, so perhaps an annual to bloom when it doesn't?

Answer: There are lots of annuals you can plant in the soil with your mandevilla. Try Coleus, an annual with foliage in many different colors. One of the most striking variety is variegated plant. Can take partial sun but does very well in shade and part shade.

Vincas - There are various colors and Vinca can take full sun or partial shade. The Minor prefers more shade over sun. Bloom time will vary and can start as early as late winter and continue through early fall. The blooms repeat their cycle.

Portulaca - is a rose like plant that reaches six inches tall and spreads up to a foot. I love the texture of this annual and the many different colors - red, yellow, white, pink, and orange.

Polka Dot Plant - The Polka Dot plant is considered a warm weather plant and will do well indoors in cooler climates. It is also considered an annual, but will survive in zones seven through eleven in the United States.

Begonia and Small Begonia - are two varieties of this annual flower family. The larger Begonias will grow around ten inches tall and can have two to four blooms on them. They are a warm climate flower and will die out when the first frost arrives. The small Begonia has clusters of tiny flowers. The Begonia comes in a variety of colors. New hybrids are being developed all the time.

Enjoy your new mandevilla.

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