Planting vines in the landscape is an excellent way to enhance an area that’s in desperate need of vertical appeal, especially if there are space constraints. As long as you provide a support system, vines can turn an outdoor area into a wonderful living space. I often hear customers say they like their neighbors but are in need of more privacy, what are their options? One option is to plant one or more vines, definitely a great way to add privacy and in some situations block unsightly views. As a matter of fact, we took a call from someone last week who was trying to cover a wall covered with graffiti.
The most important thing necessary when planting vines is providing proper support. Wisteria will need a structure that’s able to support and hold weight once it reaches its full growth potential. Procter & Gamble’s courtyard downtown is a great example of how large wisteria can become and the type of support system needed to accommodate it at maturity.
One of my favorites especially when it’s in bloom is the clematis. Some consider the clematis to be the Queen of all vining plants. So if you have a spot in the garden that calls for a prolific bloomer capable of going vertical, then a clematis may be a perfect match. Clematis are often seen climbing their way up a trellis, meandering around a lamp post or weaving its way up and around and archway or arbor.
Another vining plant which I think deserves merit is the climbing hydrangea. In order to get the bloom production that’s she capable of providing, it will need some sun, at least 4 to 6 hours daily and preferably the morning sun up until around 1 or 2
o’clock then some afternoon shade. Its deep green foliage is very attractive and will be highlighted even more with its attractive white blooms. In addition, the climbing hydrangea’s exfoliating bark provides seasonal interest as well.
For vibrant color, consider the trumpet honeysuckle. One that I highly recommend is Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’. It prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. For this plant, more sun means more flowers. Once established, it’s extremely tolerant of drought and dry soils. Not only will you enjoy the blooms, hummingbirds love them too!
Join us Saturday on In and Around the House as we talk more about vining plants and the value they bring to the landscape.