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Flowering Vines & Climbing Plants: Clematis to Morning Glories

I’ve found that one of the best ways to create charisma in my garden is by growing vines. This group of high-rising ramblers, climbers and twiners can soften a view, highlight a bench or outdoor dining area, or bring color and attraction to an arbor, trellis, fence, obelisk or other garden structure. And though vines are dressed to impress, they can also be a highly attractive asset when used to camouflage or cover up an unattractive object or unsightly view.

What I especially like about vines is that they offer a vertical attraction that is very appealing when you’re short on garden space. Vines are also quite versatile as they come in a variety of textures, sizes and shapes as well as interesting foliage, colorful flowers and berries.

One way to magnify the appeal of any vine is to hang a bird feeder in their midst or somewhere nearby. I found an assortment of feeders and seeds at my local K-Mart, including a radiant red glass hummingbird feeder. I also picked up a bag of black-oil sunflower seeds, which is the seed preferred by the widest variety of bird species.

Of the many vines that I’ve grown through the years, here are some that I found most enticing. Vines to Entice! - Kris Wetherbee

Flowering Vines & Climbing Plants

Fragrance Factor

  • Climbing Roses (Rosa)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
  • Jasmine; fragrant varieties include: (Jasminum nudiflorus; J. officinale; J. polyanthum, J. x stephanense)
  • Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum)
  • Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)

Exotic or Unusual

  • Cup-of-Gold Vine (Solandra maxima)
  • Cup and Saucer Vine (Cobaea scandens)
  • Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
  • Passion Flower (Passiflora)

Prolific Bloomers

  • Chilean Potato Vine (Solanum crispum)
  • Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae)
  • Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)

Hummingbird Attraction

  • Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea x multifida)
  • Clematis (Clematis)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor; I. nil)
  • Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans; C. grandiflora)

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