Nothing says summer like beautiful hibiscus and mandevilla plants. These tropicals are among the easiest to grow and best for adding flair to decks, patios, balconies, and other outdoor spaces. And the Tropic Escape collection from Costa Farms represents some of the best varieties available.
“There are a lot of hibiscus to choose from,” says Justin Hancock,
garden expert with Costa Farms. “We’ve ensured the Tropic Escape®
collection represents the very best – from big beauties with flowers
that can be more than 9 inches across to innovative dwarf selections
that stay under 4 feet and have flowers that stay open for days longer
than old-fashioned types so every outdoor space can be filled with
There are also premium mandevillas in the collection, which are great
performers and easy-to-grow. “Old-fashioned mandevillas used to be
lanky vines,” says Hancock, “New varieties in stunning red, pink or
white come in bushy, mounding forms as well as trailing options." Tropic
Escape mandevilla offer more versatility than ever before.
Decorating with Tropic Escape
Both types love hot, sunny spots in containers or in the ground.
Being tropicals, they don’t mind when the mercury soars and humidity
climbs. Hancock suggests using taller varieties of Tropic Escape hibiscus
in containers as outdoor room dividers – to separate eating and
lounging areas, for example, or to plant along a deck or patio edge as a
small living wall.
Mounding mandevillas are ideal “filler plants” in larger containers
with big focal points such as hibiscus, roses, and ornamental grasses.
“Red mounding mandevillas are stunning with purple fountain grass or
Knock Out roses,” says Hancock. Climbing mandevillas are excellent for
softening a deck rail or creating a bold wall of color on a trellis or
white picket fence.
The right containers make hibiscus and mandevilla even bigger
showpieces. “Yellow hibiscus practically jumps out of a glazed blue
ceramic pot. And rich crimson mandevillas are all the more stunning in
bronze- or copper-colored containers,” says Hancock.
He also recommends considering the space being decorated. A mounding
red mandevilla makes a perfect centerpiece on a red-and-white checkered
tablecloth; orange hibiscus varieties are elegant accents against a
yellow house; and red hibiscus and mandevillas provide the ideal splash
of color if against a white house.
There’s a Tropic Escape variety perfect for brightening every sunny
outdoor space with bold, beautiful tropical color. Look for Tropic
Escape hibiscus and mandevillas at mass merchandisers and home
improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada.
Learn more about the Tropic Escape Collection here: http://www.costafarms.com.