Landscaping Dos and Don'ts

Versatile Vines

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

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Cup And Saucer Flowers


  • Cup-and-saucer vine — also called cathedral bells or monastery bells (Cobaea scandens). If you sit in your garden nonstop for a few days, you can watch an interesting metamorphosis take place in this Victorian-age favorite. Green buds unfurl to produce pale green saucers (the calyzes), followed by green cups (flowers); the combo then gradually turns striped lavender, followed by violet-purple. Later dark green fruits appear. Cup-and-saucer vine has clinging tendrils and needs only a rough wall, on which it can easily reach 20 feet. Start early, indoors in peat pots; flowering takes almost four months.
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