In The Garden: Tropical plants can thrive in western Oregon

Dipladenias and mandevillas may look the same, but there are differences.

Posted: Aug. 22, 2018 12:44 PM
Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 12:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tropical plants typically thrive in warm and humid regions, but some tropical plants also grow well in western Oregon.

Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market, said both mandevillas and dipladenias are lush plants that can add instant color to gardens.

Dipladenias and mandevillas may look the same, but there are differences.

"Dipladenias are shorter, bushier and have a little bit smaller flowers and smoother leaves. Mandevillas have a slightly bigger leaf, and the flowers are bigger and the leaves are kind of ribbed," Johnson said.

Both plants come in an array of tropical colors, including pinks, whites, reds, yellow and even apricot.

"You can put them in your landscape. You can trellis them up on a vine. You can put them in a container with other plants. You can put them in a hanging basket. They are pretty versitile. They just like a lot of sun," Johnson added.

Johnson recommends bringing them inside when it gets cold. Dipladenias and mandevillas should be placed in a sun room or bright, sunny window where they will continue to bloom and give color into the colder seasons.

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