13 Flowering Vines for Year-Round Color
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Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Perennial Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)
Flowers release a heady chocolate fragrance and open in purple or white shades, depending on variety. Blooms appear in spring, followed by tasty fruit that ripens in late summer. This vine tolerates full shade and is considered invasive in many areas. Landscape use: Train on a sturdy structure, like a privacy fence or pergola. When growing on a privacy fence, use plastic bird netting to give vines a surface to grab. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9.
‘Bee’s Jubilee’ Clematis (Clematis ‘Bee’s Jubilee’)
‘Tangerine Beauty’ Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’)
Nugget Ornamental Hop (Humulus lupulus ‘Nugget’)
Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’)
Pretty scarlet-orange blooms have contrasting yellow throats and cover plants from early summer until fall frosts. Flowers are a hummingbird favorite. This isn’t an invasive honeysuckle. The stem bases tend to be bare; disguise them with other 8- to 12-inch-tall plants, like coreopsis or angelonia. Landscape use: Train on a fence or trellis, or let vines grow without support as a ground cover. Hardy in Zones 3 to 8.
Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia durior)
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)
White flowers resemble lacecap hydrangea blooms and almost sparkle against the dark green leaves. Plants flower in summer. This vine is versatile, flowering in full shade or full sun. Landscape use: Vines easily cling to stone or brick walls, tree trunks or other sturdy supports. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9.
Blue Crown Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea)
Exotic, tropical blooms make passion flower a must-have for many gardeners. Flowers start opening in late summer and continue into fall. The blooms have a fragrance that resembles pineapple guava. In warmer zones, plants need room for roots to spread. Grow it as an annual in colder zones or in a pot that’s overwintered indoors. Landscape use: Train on a trellis or fence. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9.