Names of flowers: A = Mandevilla, B = Porterweed, C = Pentas, D = Gaura

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Container Garden Recipes: A = Mandevilla, B = Porterweed, C = Pentas, D = Gaura

Container Garden Recipes: A = Mandevilla, B = Porterweed, C = Pentas, D = Gaura

Container Garden Recipes: A = Mandevilla, B = Porterweed, C = Pentas, D = Gaura
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Names of flowers: A = Mandevilla, B = Porterweed, C = Pentas, D = Gaura

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Ideal for warmer zones, this container showcases Mandevilla, a tropical twining vine with bright pink flowers.

Mandevilla is a perennial tropical vine in USDA zone 10 and warmer, but it can be brought indoors when the temperature dips below 55F and kept as a houseplant.

It is normally used as a climbing or twining vine, but it can also be allowed to drape down the side of a container.

Mandevilla prefers a filtered sun location. The leaves can scorch in bright direct sunlight. They grow best in a rich potting mix to which some sand has been added for drainage. A bloom-buster type fertilizer in summer will keep it covered in flowers. It can be pinched back to promote bushier growth.

Pentas is another tropical plant normally grown as an annual or indoor plant. It prefers moist soil, well-drained and full to part sun.

Red Porterweed is an excellent source of nectar for both hummingbirds and butterflies. It’s not particular about soil, and just needs regular watering. It performs well in sun to part sun locations.

Gaura provides textural contrast in the background of this container combination. It's an easy-to-grow perennial, with wispy, delicate stems that bear pink or white flowers over the summer months.

Give it space to grow, as it can spread vigorously. It requires part to full sun, a rich potting mix and good drainage. It can be grown from seed and it will bloom the first year if planted early in spring.

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