Desert Plants

Mandevilla on a Trellis – Arizona Desert Garden

The MANDEVILLA vine is growing well.  This Mandevilla plant is native to Central and South America – named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.

Mandevilla, also known as Brazilian jasmineDipladenia,  is a flowering tropical plant that originated in the hills above Rio de Janeiro.

Mandevilla up a trellis front door

Mandevilla, dipladenia vines in containers, trellis

Mandevillas develop spectacular flowers in warm climates. They are perfect here in the hot desert Arizona garden. One of our secrets for cultivating this luscious pink variety (they come in white, red and yellow) is the part shade design.

**We purchased the 4 trellises from Home Depot, bent them slightly to fit the arch and then screwed them together.

An important part of Mandevilla care is the light it receives. The Mandevilla vines need some shade. We used 4 large plastic garden trellises by the front door as you can see in the photo. Mandevilla plants love bright indirect or filtered sunlight, but will get burned in full sun especially this Arizona sun.

Trellis by door for Mandevilla Vines, Bougainvilla

Mandevilla Vines in Arizona

Mandevillas are a vine and will need some type of support, we used garden ties and tape to help train it along the trellis.

Some say the Mandevilla Vine is not a Perennial plant because it will NOT survive if temperatures reach below 50 degrees.  BUT this past winter Southern Arizona reached down to the 30’s and as you can see this beautiful plant is thriving and full of pink flowers. Mandevillas have brought tropical flair to our Arizona front yard and desert garden.

Mandellia plant in pot container

Arch Trellis with Mandevilla and Bougainvillea VINES in pots

Mandevilla plants are critter proof – squirrels and packrats leave this plant alone!

Mandevilla plant in pots

Dipladenia, Mandevilla Plants Vines

There are over 100 species of Mandevilla plants.  The blooms start out as a lighter color and get darker as they age.

Mandevilla Vine in containers Trellis by door

Mandevilla Vine growing in a pot, climbing a trellis


11 replies »

  1. New to Arizona, I just found your great site. Lived in Boston before moving, and we grew mandevilla on a north facing chain link fence in full sun. No twine needed as it completely covered a 12′ long section from its container. Winter over? Never! But gladly repurchased each spring. Nice to know it will grow here,


  2. I want to try Mandevillas, but am unsure. The location I have in mind would be on trellis against the house on the East side. Morning sun until about 1:00. Do you think this sun location would be good?


  3. I had a Mandeville plant last year, it did great til it started to get hot. Tried to shade it but think it was too late. Not much shade in my backyard, (Mesa) Wondering, what direction your Mandeville faces. Would love to copy your idea on my back patio facing the south. Love you blog.

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    • Grammy sorry to hear your Mandevilla did not make it in the heat. Ours faces west. Home Depot is where we bought the items to make the trellis. Your Mandevilla will need part sun. Best of Luck and thanks for commenting.


  4. I live on the east coast, and I needed a hardy plant that would withstand both heavy shade in the morning and bright sun in the afternoon. I tried Mandevilla plants last summer, and they thrived by my garage. I tied twine to cup hooks at the headboard of the garage door, and the Mandevilla happily climbed up all summer. I got lots of compliments from my neighbors, and I noticed that several neighbors borrowed my idea.

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