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Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - COLLEEN ZACHARIAS

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.


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