Dipladenias or Mandevillas as they are sometimes referred to are amongst the showiest and most floriferous garden climbers or shrubs. The relatively new Diamantina Dipladenias are mostly low growing or bushy forms with one climbing type (Opale Grenat) ideal for growing on a low trellis. There is a range of colours from white through to deep maroon red. They bloom for ages from late spring through to autumn.

• Compact, low growing, evergreen shrubs to 40 cm high
• Shiny green leaves with a waxy texture containing white milky sap
• Trumpet-shaped blooms 40 to 60 mm in diameter are produced from spring to autumn
• Some may produce growth shoots with a tendency to climb (cut off if bushy plants are desired)
• Colours include white, pink, red and deep maroon

• Best in full sun, shade tends to cause plants to stretch
• Grow in rich, well-drained soil
• Fertilise every 4 to 6 weeks with 5:1:5 granular fertiliser
• Prune back untidy or old growth in spring
• Prefer to be kept on the dry side, waterlogging can be detrimental to performance
• Frost tender

Garden uses:
• Excellent pot or container plants
• Ideal for hanging baskets
• Showy in hot window boxes
• Companion plants – low succulents, euphorbia, crassula