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Mandevilla and Jasmine: The Garden Problem Solvers

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Vines are the answer to almost any garden problem. If you’re looking to screen an unattractive view, try Confederate jasmine. Need to fill a space with flowers and foliage in a hurry? Plant mandevilla. Both are garden problem solvers.

Both look great trained on a fence, arbor or trellis and have the added bonus of fragrant flowers.

Grow Confederate Jasmine:

  1. Confederate jasmine, also called star jasmine due to the shape of the small white flowers, blooms from spring through summer. The vine can reach 20’ and responds well to pruning.
  2. Decide where you need the vine. Confederate jasmine flowers thrive best in full sun, but will grow in partial shade, too. They need well-drained soil rich with organic matter.
  3. Plant according to the directions on the label.
  4. Add mulch but don’t let it touch the stems.
  5. Gently weave stems through the supports of a fence, arbor or trellis. If needed, tie stems to the support with plant ties.
  6. After flowering, pinch the tips of the stems. This promotes more branches and flowers.

Grow Mandevilla:

Mandevilla’s big, bold flowers bring excitement to any garden. It flowers even when the plant is small and blooms in early summer and again in autumn. The foliage, not as lush as other vines, makes it a good choice for mailboxes and lampposts. Try Rio Dipladenia mandevilla for a heat hardy choice.

  1. Decide where you want the vine to grow. Mandevilla needs partial shade and well-drained, sandy soil rich with organic matter.
  2. Plant the vine according to the directions on the label.
  3. Add mulch but don’t let it touch the stems.
  4. Mandevilla has woody stems, which can break. Carefully tie them to the support with plant ties.
  5. After planting, pinch the tips of the stems. Mandevilla flowers on new wood, so even if the plant is pruned back hard, it will still flower.
  6. Mandevilla is not hardy below temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees.


Both Confederate jasmine and mandevilla can be grown in containers or hanging baskets and overwintered indoors.

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