|Mandevilla "Rio Deep Red"|
I picked up a red Mandevilla recently at Lowe's. I do not typically purchase nursery items from box stores; but I was there while Farmer MacGregor was on a hardware run. (He doesn't bother going to my favorite local hardware store - Floyd's.) Now I'm searching for an unusual trellis.
This has been potted and placed on the east side of the pergola. The pot rests on large pebbles in a saucer on terra cota feet. It must be loving the recent hot, humid weather (aka swamp pants weather).
|Sweet Potato Vine|
I also picked up a sweet potato vine. It's a vigorous grower that can make a big impact.It comes in chartreuse or purple. I like chartreuse. Sweet potato vines do best during the warm days of summer and prefer moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in sun or shade. This guy is in a hanging basket on the west side of the pergola and receives hot sun from mid-day until sunset.
- Other non-edible vines in the garden are Wisteria and Jasemine. Wisteria grows on the pergola to shade the east side. Jasemine grows on the east side of the house getting punched by the sun from mid-morning to early afternoon. So far, so good. Everyone seems happy. That's good because it has been too danged opressive out there to tend to anything.