Landscaping Dos and Don'ts

Versatile Vines

Check out these exquisite vines for quick coverage and nonstop summer color.

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  • Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata). This brightly hued flower only vaguely resembles the true Black-eyed Susan. Its dark eye, usually amid orange petals (sometimes white or yellow), is the opening to a deep throat. Because this twining vine usually grows six feet or less, it's often planted atop retaining walls and in hanging baskets. But you can also let it climb fences and trellises. Start seed indoors six weeks before the last frost, or direct-sow in partial shade after the last frost.
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