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Bring that tropical holiday feel home to your garden by planting a Mandevilla.
Their brilliant colours, large trumpet shaped flowers and glossy leaves put on a fabulous show from spring right through to autumn and there’s a range of plant sizes from vigorous to light climbers and compact growers available.
Mandevilla thrive in sunny positions, sheltered from strong winds and frost, and are very suitable for growing in pots. They are ideal around swimming pools and to train over a small pergola. Mandevilla form tuber like growths on their roots, which store water so these plants dislike over watering and need good drainage. Choose a good sized container 40cm in diameter or larger with adequate drainage holes and fill with Yates Premium Potting Mix.
Regularly apply Yates Thrive Roses Flowers Liquid Plant Food during the warmer months to encourage healthy foliage growth and prolific flowering.
Long flowering Tibouchina is a stand out performer in the garden, adding high voltage colour to a mixed border or compact varieties that are fantastic for tubs on the patio. The evergreen foliage is matched with eye catching white, mauve, pink or deep purple flowers over the warmer months.
Fast growing in most soils which are well draining in either a full sun to part shade location, tibouchinas generally don’t need more than a light prune after flowering and an application of controlled release fertiliser in early spring such as Yates Acticote Pots, Planters and Garden Beds, which will supply the nutrients tibouchinas need for best results.