Vogue® Rita Mandevilla
Mandevilla 'Vogue Rita'
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Dipladenia
Group/Class: Vogue Series
Brand: Southern Living
This semi-evergreen variety produces stunning coral-rose trumpet flowers from spring until fall, on a bushy, mounded habit; perfect for containers and baskets; prefers part shade
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla features bold coral-pink tubular flowers with rose overtones and gold throats along the stems from late spring to mid fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Vogue® Rita Mandevilla is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.