18 Valuable Vines
Choose the right vine for your garden to cover a wall, trellis or porch.
Hide CaptionShow CaptionIn the U.S., gourds are commonly used for holiday decorations, birdhouses and craft projects.
An easy-to-grow vine that produces fruits of different sizes and shapes, gourds (includes Curcubita, Lagenaria and Luffa) can be trained to climb trellises, arbors and fences. They grow quickly, producing large foliage and fruit that attracts kids and adults alike. Gourds have a wide variety of uses and fall into two main categories--edible and ornamental. In other cultures, gourds are used as dippers, bottles, dishes, musical instruments and more. Gourds are easily grown from seed; plant in clusters of five or six to ensure a sufficient harvest in case some plants don't thrive. Water daily and provide with ample fertilizer and full sun. During active growth, make sure the vines have adequate support. Foliage may become tattered and ratty-looking in late summer. Annual vine.