As a classic tropical vine, the mandevilla (Mandevilla sanderi) is an excellent way to add a touch of color to a sunny vertical space in any garden. With large, showy flowers that last all summer and the plant is easy to care for, it is one of the best vine varieties.
In recent years, Mandevillas have seen a surge in popularity, and propagation work continues to enlarge the cultivated varieties of the vine. Mandevilla is native to Mexico, South America, Central America, the southwestern United States, and the West Indies. There are around 100 species of this tropical woody vine.
The Mandevilla vine gets its nickname from Henry Joseph Mandeville, an avid gardener, and British diplomat. Mandevilla vines are easily recognizable by their bright, trumpet-shaped blooms, ovate leaves with a shiny texture.
Mandevillas are also known for their large, tropical-looking flowers. They are available in shades of white, red, and pink and several shades in between.