characteristics of allamanda:Full sun; moist, rich humus soil. Tolerant of many soil type; no salt tolerance. Sensitive to frost, foliage hardy to 30 ° F for a short time.Except to their tenderness to frost, they grow without major impediment.Landscape uses: as a shrub if pruned, as a vine on a trellis.
truth be told, i am always on the look out for plants that grow well and don't need much attention. maybe because i have so much to take care of and not a lot of time to do it. maybe because i'd like to enjoy the beauty of a garden and not just work in one.
most of what i choose to plant in my yard is not exotic or unusual - actually i don't think there is anything in it that could classify as exotic. what i've set about to do is to plant varieties that are pretty but easily maintainable. AND i have to like them a lot- and naturally, my taste changes from time to time-- i am a female you know. :-)
i know looking at my yard the average person wouldn't think any of it is easy but really-- overall --it is. i rarely have to spray insecticide- which i really try to avoid since most of it kills "everything" even the good bugs. sort of like antibiotics for our bodies. but don't get me started on that. so if i find a plant that attracts bugs i don't keep it. for instance, oleander is very tropical and pretty when it blooms but gets inundated with caterpillars that eat every bit of green off the leaves. so i don't have them anymore. too much trouble.
this year the yellow allamanda flowering vine i planted (probably at least 10 years ago) bloomed profusely. [by the way, thanks to senior gardener who was admiring the yellow bloomer while at my house and I.D.'d it for me---i didn't know its name prior to that] i noticed it first in june and today it is still blooming this nicely. this vine appears to go dormant in the winter and then in the spring here comes the green vine and the flowers start blooming around june. i have even replaced the fence panels it is growing on and it keeps on growing. while i am not a big fan of the color yellow who could deny the sunny, bright feeling these blooms give away without expecting much in return? these are the kinds of plants i can recommend for hardiness and ease of maintenance... which is what i am all about for my garden.
(because it attracts bugs) on this trellis in the spring. it has not
bloomed as profusely but i am happy with it nevertheless.