13 flowering vines add beauty to pergolas, fences and trellises

13 flowering vines add beauty to pergolas, fences and trellises

Blooming vines are a beautiful way to utilize vertical space in your garden. These fast-growing plants can often be trained to trail over fences, pergolas, trellises, trees and other supporting structures, creating interest in often underutilized areas of the garden. From familiar favorites, like roses and wisteria, to pollinator-friendly iterations with bold blooms, these flowering vines will add beauty (and privacy) to your landscape.




Climbing rose

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When you think of roses, a pretty shrub probably comes to mind, but ‘Oxford Girl’ is a climbing variety that can be grown vertically. It is a vigorous grower with arching canes that can reach heights sufficient for privacy screens. “The 3-inch double flowers are born in clusters, have 26 to 40 pink petals and a strong scent,” says Kelly Funk, president of Jackson & Perkins. “The flowers repeat throughout the season, from late spring to late fall.”

  • Regions: 5 to 9
  • measuring: 10 feet long x 4 feet wide
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Moist, well-drained soil




Wisteria

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Wisteria is a vigorous climbing vine that adds vertical interest to your garden. One particularly attractive species is ‘Amethyst Falls Wisteria’ – a vigorous vine that can quickly transform your garden into a picturesque oasis. “As a vigorous but easily manageable grower, Amethyst Falls Wisteria blooms its first season with fragrant, bright blue flowers,” Funk says. “This vine is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, and is great for trees, garden structures, sturdy trellises and other supports.”

  • Regions: 5 to 9
  • measuring: 30 feet long x 4 feet wide
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Moist, well-drained soil



Original Crosven

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Crosven original (Begonia caprillata L.) It has dense foliage that provides year-round privacy, with semi-evergreen leaves contrasted with clusters of vibrant orange-red flowers. This easy-to-care-for plant is an early nectar source for pollinators, especially hummingbirds, which are attracted to the trumpet-shaped flowers, says Mary Phillips, chief of native plant habitat strategy and certification at the National Wildlife Federation.

  • Regions: 6 to 9
  • measuring: 30 to 50 feet x 6 to 9 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Well-drained soil



Original Passion Vine

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“A fast-growing vine with fragrant purple flowers, the native passion vine (Passiflora incarnata L.“It creates a dense, lush privacy curtain in the garden,” Phillips says. The pollinator-friendly plant blooms from spring to fall, providing multiple seasons of attractive interest.

  • Regions: 6 to 10
  • measuring: 25 feet x 3 to 6 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Well-drained soil



Clematis

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Clematis are one of Martha’s favorite climbing flowers. For a particularly beautiful variety, try Clematis Tekla Garland – a showy perennial that offers unbeatable summer interest. “The plant blooms prolifically with 6-inch hot pink flowers, ruffled petals, and a light central band,” Funk says. “It is very easy to grow, cold tolerant and disease resistant.” This hardy planter attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, enhancing the charm of your outdoor spaces.

  • Regions: 4 to 9
  • measuring: 5 feet long x 2 feet wide
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Moist, well-drained soil




Chocolate vine

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chocolate vine (Akebia kinata) is a hardy, underappreciated vine with complex, beautiful, chocolate-like fragrant flowers. Sometimes the flowers are hidden behind the vine’s hand-shaped, tropical leaves, says Justin Hancock, horticulturist at Costa Farms. “It is a twining vine capable of growing more than 30 feet tall, so make sure you have plenty of room for it before planting,” he says.

  • Regions: 5 to 8
  • measuring: 20 to 40 feet x 6 to 9 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Moist, well-drained soil



Vining Mandevilla

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mandevilla (Mandevilla spp.) produces trumpet-shaped flowers primarily in shades of red, pink, and white. “These vines have glossy, dark green leaves, which really help highlight the many flowers they produce,” says Hancock. “These flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.” Once the weather warms, Mandevilla grows quickly, so it’s a great choice for quickly putting up a chain link fence or other structure for summer screening.

  • Regions: 5 to 11
  • measuring: 3 to 8 feet tall x up to 20 feet wide
  • Care requirements: bright sun; Rich, sandy and well-drained soil



Virginia creeper

Native to North America, Virginia creeper is a fast-growing vine that climbs via tendrils, grabbing support as it grows. “In spring and summer, the vine is covered in medium green, hand-shaped leaves,” Hancock says. “The foliage turns a feisty shade of red in the fall,” he says. In the fall and winter, its small flower clusters turn into ornamental, grape-like fruits that attract birds.

  • Regions: 4 to 8
  • measuring: 15 to 20 feet x 15 to 20 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to partial shade; Moist, well-drained soil



Black Eye Susan Fine

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Black Eye Susan Fine (Thunbergia spp.) is a pollinator-friendly plant that bears abundant orange, yellow, white, or pink flowers. “Many varieties have a dark purple-black center, which is how they get their common name,” Hancock says. “In the north, this fast-growing vine is grown as an annual and blooms from spring to fall. In frost-free areas, it blooms almost year-round.”

  • Regions: 10 to 11
  • measuring: 3 to 8 feet x 3 to 6 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Rich, well-drained soil



Honeysuckle

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The beautiful red-flowered honeysuckle, ‘Major Wheeler’ delights with its completely mold-free leaves. “For zones 4 to 8, each long, slender, trumpet-shaped flower is a radiant shade of red with yellow tips and interiors that attract butterflies and hummingbirds,” Funk says.

  • Regions: 4 to 8
  • measuring: 6 to 8 feet x 6 to 8 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Moist, well-drained soil



Paper flower

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Known for its vibrant flowers, the paper flower (Bougainvillea glabra) is a flowering vine that will add unparalleled color to your garden. This drought- and heat-tolerant plant can be pruned into a shrub-like form or trained to grow over fences and trellises.

  • Regions: 9 to 11
  • measuring: 15 to 40 feet x 15 to 40 feet
  • Care requirements: bright sun; Well-drained, acidic soil



Climbing hydrangea

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Another of Martha’s favorites, climbing hydrangeas provide multiple seasons of interest. It blooms in early summer and by fall the leaves turn a vibrant yellow. In winter, once the foliage dies, the peeling bark presents a beautiful, rich red-brown color.

  • Regions: 4 to 10
  • measuring: 30 to 50 feet x 6 to 7 feet
  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; Rich, well-drained soil



Morning glory

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morning glory (dream) is known for its vibrant purple and blue flowers, which look beautiful alongside fences, trellises and other structures. The flowering vine got its name because it opens in the morning and closes in the evening.

  • Regions: 2 to 11
  • measuring: 6 to 10 feet x 3 to 6 feet
  • Growing conditions: bright sun; Well-drained soil



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