The MANDEVILLA vine is growing well. This Mandevilla plant is native to Central and South America – named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.
Mandevilla, also known as Brazilian jasmine, Dipladenia, is a flowering tropical plant that originated in the hills above Rio de Janeiro.
Mandevillas develop spectacular flowers in warm climates. They are perfect here in the hot desert Arizona garden. One of our secrets for cultivating this luscious pink variety (they come in white, red and yellow) is the part shade design.
**We purchased the 4 trellises from Home Depot, bent them slightly to fit the arch and then screwed them together.
An important part of Mandevilla care is the light it receives. The Mandevilla vines need some shade. We used 4 large plastic garden trellises by the front door as you can see in the photo. Mandevilla plants love bright indirect or filtered sunlight, but will get burned in full sun especially this Arizona sun.
Mandevillas are a vine and will need some type of support, we used garden ties and tape to help train it along the trellis.
Some say the Mandevilla Vine is not a Perennialplant because it will NOT survive if temperatures reach below 50 degrees. BUT this past winter Southern Arizona reached down to the 30’s and as you can see this beautiful plant is thriving and full of pink flowers. Mandevillas have brought tropical flair to our Arizona front yard and desert garden.
Mandevilla plants are critter proof – squirrels and packrats leave this plant alone!
There are over 100 species of Mandevilla plants. The blooms start out as a lighter color and get darker as they age.
Zonal geraniums can last for years with the right growing conditions. The red geraniums pictured in this article are the first plant my husband and I acquired when we were married. They are very unique and add a velvety, radiant color to our desert garden even with the record-breaking 2012 temperatures.
This red flower is called a zonal geranium. What is a zonal geranium? Zonal geraniums are the genus Pelargoniums, and are NOT true geraniums.This species of flowering plants work well in Arizona and Texas because they are drought resistant, perennial and heat tolerant. Zonal geraniums originated from South Africa and have become very popular as bedding and container plants.
Important fact: Geraniums, Pelargoniums, are poisonous to dogs and cats. If your pet eats a geranium contact your local veterinarian right away.
I’m always on the lookout for a plant that adds a softness to a thorny, spiky desert garden. Amazingly, a red geranium can thrive almost as well as a cactus. We have several throughout our Arizona yard that are either in full sun or sparse shade. All of our zonal geraniums are doing well; but, the ones with semi shade have larger leaves and more flowers.
Caring for geraniums is easy:
They love the sun but do well in sparse shade especially with high temperatures
Plant Pelargoniums when there is no danger of frost, they do not like the cold
In the fall plants may be dug up and brought indoors by a sunny window away from your dogs and cats
Water geraniums when the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry
Zonal geraniums are critter proof and virtually insect free 🙂
Pelargoniums are low-maintenance and a great choice for xeriscape yards. Grow your geraniums from seed or plant cuttings.
If your geranium has yellow or red leaves it is experiencing stress in some way. The most common causes of red or yellow leaves are:
your geranium – pelargonium is over-watered
phosphorus deficiencies, are you fertilizing? If it has gotten cooler at night and the temperature drops below 55 your geranium will not be able to absorb trace minerals.
another possibility is too much sun
or planted too close together
Too diagnose the problem simply look at the exact conditions your plant is growing in.
Even with the best of care a few leaves will inevitably turn yellow; simply remove them along with spent flowers.
In the fall temperatures drop and red leaves on pelargoniums are a sign that it is time to move indoors or to take cuttings from annual cultivars.
October is barely here and I’m already daydreaming about plans for a colorful, lush spring heat-resistant garden.