18 Valuable Vines

Choose the right vine for your garden to cover a wall, trellis or porch.

  • Use calico Dutchman’s pipe for summer foliage on a pillar or a fence, or as a vine in the greenhouse.
  • Bougainvillea also makes an excellent trailing plant in containers and hanging baskets next to a pool; make sure to keep it watered.
  • When growing as a houseplant, the light has to be very bright, with no direct sun, for maximum flower performance.
  • Large heart-shaped leaves give this vine a lush look.
  • The tendrils of Lablab purpurea twine, so provide a trellis, fence, string or other support, and the plant will do the rest.
  • In the U.S., gourds are commonly used for holiday decorations, birdhouses and craft projects.
  • Akebia is deciduous but its leaves stay green until the first hard freeze, then they drop.
  • Boston ivy is a rampant grower — an excellent cover for masonry walls to provide a cooling effect in summer and brilliant fall color.
  • The leaves of Carolina jessamine are shiny and light green on long, wiry branches that will cascade and swing in the wind.
  • The vine needs full sun in order to develop thick foliage.
  • Hummingbirds love the blood-red flowers that appear at the ends of new growth of trumpet creeper.
  • Hummingbirds like the nectar and birds eat the fruit of goldflame honeysuckle.
  • Green compound leaves create an airy, feathery effect for the rest of the season, and enjoy its mature woody stems in winter.
  • The tendril-climbing passion flower likes full sun or partial shade and will flourish in ordinary soil with decent nutrition and constant moisture.
  • Dutchman's pipe can be grown on an arched entrance to the vegetable garden.
  • Use this vine to soften the look of fences or lattice, or to ramble freely over rocks or logs.
  • In the U.S., clematis is used for everything from decorating mailboxes to adorning porches.
  • Morning glory loves hot weather and doesn't want coddling (in fact, fertilizer and rich soil will produce more foliage and fewer flowers).
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