Adding a Tropical Feel to Your Patio with Annual Hibiscus and Mandevilla

Spring Garden Spaces are Transformed into

Tropical Splendor with Costa Farms®

Create an instant oasis with hibiscus and mandevilla
in the Tropic Escape™ Patio Collection from Costa Farms

With winter and its monochromatic landscape in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think spring bling with colorful plants for patios, porches and garden beds.

I still remember my Mom excitedly going to the local nursery once the weather warmed to pick up her spring annuals. Her most common centerpiece was a Hibiscus tree, usually with sweet potato vine and annual flowers. She changed the flowers each year and occasionally used vinca or other trailing vines but the hibiscus was always the focal point.

It was a simple sign that summer was almost here. Fortunately, this vibrant outdoor experience doesn’t require endless hours of bending and digging. It is easy. Simply pair and pot the big, bright blooms of hibiscus and mandevilla found in the new Tropic Escape Patio Collection from Costa Farms, a family-owned plant grower in southern Florida.

“From the busy homeowner to the small-space apartment dweller, the Tropic Escape Patio Collection offers brilliant, full-color outdoor interest from spring through fall,” says Karen Weir-Jimerson, garden editor and expert for Costa Farms. “Best yet, these plants bloom non-stop and are easy to care for.”

Whether in the far reaches of Maine or the sun of the South, Tropic Escape will turn any patio or deck into an outdoor oasis.

Tropic Escape Hibiscus

No plant offers a touch of the tropics quite like Tropic Escape hibiscus. This brightly colored flowering shrub bursts with some of the biggest, most vibrant blooms around—up to seven inches across! And the color range and mixes are enough to make even a rainbow jealous.

Sold in their own citrus-hued deco pot, adding color to your patio or porch is as easy as placing the plants and enjoying the instant view. Or, simply pot them up in existing containers, alone or in groupings with other plants.

“The deep-green, shiny leaves of the Tropic Escape hibiscus provide a perfect backdrop for its own showy blossoms and other colorful plants,” according to Weir-Jimerson.

Tropic Escape Mandevilla

With a trumpet-shaped flower that heralds the glory of summer sunshine, the Tropic Escape mandevilla brightens outdoor spaces all season long. Thriving in hot summer weather, it pumps out flowers in pink, red, fuchsia and white.

“The beauty of the Tropic Escape mandevilla is not just in its blossoms—it’s in the plant’s ability to make a home just about anywhere,” notes Weir-Jimerson.

Whether in fantastic pottery, lush window boxes or in a garden bed, this twining and climbing plant splashes its tropical splendor wherever it goes.

“Have them climb along a trellis or fence, trail from containers and window boxes, or crawl along and over a garden bed—wherever they land, these mandevillas sparkle,” adds Weir-Jimerson.

For added color and tropical effect, pair Tropic Escape hibiscus and mandevilla together in the same combo pot with a bright leafed annual vine like the sweet potato in this picture. A humdrum porch becomes a tropical paradise instantly—and with very little fuss.

Caring For the Tropic Escape Collection

With just the right placement and routine care, the Tropic Escape hibiscus and mandevilla will grow and bloom gloriously from spring to fall. A few easy-care tips include:

Tropic Escape Hibiscus Tropic Escape Mandevilla
Light: High Light: High
Temperature: Above 35°F Temperature: Above 50°F
Water: Keep moist but not wet or in standing water Water: Once weekly; do not let soil dry out
Fertilizer: Apply a bloom-promoting fertilizer during the flowering season Fertilizer: Apply a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two to three weeks
Repotting:Replant hibiscus in a larger sized pot with fresh soil in spring Repotting: Transplant into a larger pot right after purchase


Finding Your Tropic Escape

A backyard getaway is just moments away, thanks to the Tropic Escape Patio Collection. Find these hibiscus and mandevilla under the bright-red Tropic Escape umbrella at your local home improvement store or mass merchandiser.

The folks over at Costa Farms grow some of the finest plants you’ll find and they were kind enough to share some of this wonderful information with us all. For more care information and pictures of these great tropical plants, visit
and check out the video tips here.

About Costa Farms

Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor, bedding and perennial plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East.


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