18 Valuable Vines

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

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Native to the central and eastern U.S., Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia durior) is an old favorite long used by Americans to protect porches from the summer sun. Growing 30 feet in one season, this deciduous, twining vine has large, heart-shaped leaves measuring six to 14 inches long. The unique flowers, which are mostly hidden by the foliage, are shaped like a small meerschaum pipe and attract wildlife, primarily butterflies and caterpillars. The vine will cover a 15-foot by 20-foot area in one season, creating an excellent screen that will give an old-fashioned flair to a porch. Plant in sun or part shade in moist, well-drained soil. The leaves may wilt in very dry conditions. USDA Zones 4 to 8.