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PLANT breeding innovations in mandevilla have changed forever the way we look at it in our gardens. A genus of tropical flowering vines native to south and Central America, mandevilla is instantly recognizable for its climbing, twining habits. An annual garden stalwart, it’s often grown on a trellis, arbor, pergola or obelisk and makes a brilliant statement in the landscape with clusters of showy funnel-form, five-petalled flowers most commonly in red, pink, or white. The substantial, dark green leaves of older varieties are oval, rough and slightly puckered, with smooth edges for a sturdy, paddle-like appearance.
Alice DuPont is a classic mandevilla variety that grows up to three metres or more and produces showy 10 centimetre pink blooms. Widely available this variety continues to find its place in North American gardens and patios. I’ve yet to try it.