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WANTED: Mandevilla in Texas?

Posted by thomasshawn Z8 TX tyler (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 15, 09 at 9:13

I have several beds with Carolina Jasmine and they have done very well here in Tyler (Z8) but I have a section that originally was setup just to hide an ugly fence but then became a rose bed too. Now I am convinced the Jasmine is going to choke out the Roses, since several time I have had to aggressively cut back thick mats of superficial roots that were tightly wound into the roses.

So I am thinking I would try a less aggressive jasmine or some other flowering vine that will cover the fence during the dormancy of the roses.

I was reading that the Brazilian Jasmine fits this bill but how does it do in Z8. this will be exposed to full sun most of the day including the late afternoon west sun. Again, the Carolina Jasmine loves it where it is plenty of water but lots of hot sun.

would the Mandevilla be good here or should I consider some other choice to hide my neighbors hideous fence behind my roses?

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RE: WANTED: Mandevilla in Texas?

Since mandevilla cannot tolerate temps below 45 degrees, I would think this would not be a good plant for a screen. If you plan to put them in pots and overwinter them somewhere, perhaps it could work, but that seems like a lot of work to me. How about an evergreen passiflora? This would give you beautiful blooms as well as hiding the fence with green foliage.

RE: WANTED: Mandevilla in Texas?

I have a Mandevilla, but I keep my in a large pot and over winter on my screend in porch I lined w/ plastic during the winter months.

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