14 perennial flowering vines that will take your garden to new heights

14 perennial flowering vines that will take your garden to new heights

Add color and texture to vertical spaces with beautiful green vines and perennial flowering vines that return every year. Try one on a tree or outdoor trellis, or drape it along a fence in your garden.

Trumpet vine

Andrew Drake

Add a summer pop of orange, red or yellow to structures with this beautiful trumpet vine. This quick grower will help attract hummingbirds to your garden and bring color to hot, dry areas. It grows best in full sun and can tolerate drought and neglect. It prefers to grow in soil that does not contain many nutrients.

Plant name: Campsis Selections

measuring: Climbs to 30 feet

Regions: 5-9

Garden testing tip

Native trumpet vine (radical camp) It can spread aggressively via underground stems and may become a garden weed unless planted where it can be contained. Chinese trumpet vine (Campsis grandiflora) A little less active so it can be easier to stick to limits.

False hydrangea vine

David Macdonald

This perennial flowering vine earned its common name because it closely resembles climbing hydrangea. However, the false hydrangea vine has showy flowers with large white bracts that resemble large petals, although you can also find species with pink bracts. It prefers growing in partial shade or full shade with well-drained soil.

Plant name: Cuban schizophrenia

measuring: Climbs to 40 feet

Regions: 5-9

Garden testing tip

The ‘Moonlight’ variety has particularly beautiful foliage; The dark green leaves have a noticeable silver coating.

Dutch tube

Lynn Carlin

A vine native to North America that deserves more attention, Dutchman’s pipe has heart-shaped leaves that can be up to 10 inches wide. It has unique tube-shaped purple flowers in spring, although they are often hidden under the beautiful foliage. This vine grows well in sun and shade, although it will produce more flowers in full sun, and needs well-drained soil.

Plant name: Aristotechia macrophylla

measuring: Climbs to 30 feet

Regions: 5-8

Garden testing tip

This vine is a host plant for a variety of swallowtail butterflies, so if you see caterpillars chewing on the leaves, don’t be alarmed. And soon they will become beautiful butterflies.

Sweet and bitter

Peter Cromhardt

A favorite of fall artisans, bittersweet is a fast-growing climber with small yellow leaves in fall and yellow-orange fruits with bright red seeds that dry well. The vine is very easy to grow in full sun with well-drained soil, but you need a male and a female vine to get fruit.

Plant name: Climbing the sky

measuring: Climbs to 30 feet

Regions: 3-8

Garden testing tip

Choose Native American sweets and avoid planting oriental sweets (Celastrus orbiculatus), which may look similar but is an invasive weed.

Hardy Passionflower

Scott Little

Add a touch of the tropics to your garden with this hardy, easy-to-grow perennial flowering vine native to the southeastern United States. Although they are late to emerge from the ground in spring, they grow quickly and produce masses of complex lavender flowers in summer. It grows best in full sun with well-drained soil, although it tolerates partial shade as well. Hardy passionflower produces underground runners and may spread aggressively. It also has a high degree of flammability and should not be grown on structures.

Plant name: Flower of Passion Incarnate

measuring: Climbs to 8 feet tall

Regions: 6-8

Garden testing tip

Like Dutch pipe, this plant is a host plant for some butterflies. Allow the caterpillars to eat the foliage—the plants quickly recover and grow again—and enjoy the butterflies weeks later.


Brian E. McKay

A few perennial flowering vines provide climbing clematis diversity. Choose from varieties that bloom in spring, such as (Jasmine Albina), Or falling (C. triniflora), or any time in between. Jasmine blooms in almost every color, and there are also evergreen varieties, such as (Jim Armandi) For mild winter climates. If you grow it, follow the growing instructions for your species, but in general, jasmine grows best in full sun with well-drained, constantly moist soil.

Plant name: Clematis Selections

measuring: It climbs from 4 to 25 feet depending on the species

Regions: 3-9 depending on type

Garden testing tip

If you want to go local, choose genres like C- Pitchers And C. Texas —They are native to North America.


Justin Hancock

The award for best foliage goes to Akebia; Each leaf is finely divided into five bluish-green leaflets, giving the plant a smooth texture. It has earned one of its nicknames, the chocolate vine, because the purple or white flowers smell just like chocolate — even though it’s usually hidden in the leaves. You will see the best flowers and growth if you plant this perennial flowering vine in a location with full sun and moist, well-drained, rich soil.

Plant name: Ikepia Selections

measuring: Climbs to 30 feet

Regions: 4-9

Garden testing tip

If you plant two different types of akepea, they may produce edible fruits.

Climbing hydrangea

Bill States

The most elegant vine for shade, climbing hydrangea bears flat clusters of delicate white flowers in summer. Although the foliage may change to shades of yellow in the fall, it is not a reliable choice for producing fall color in the garden. However, it is a sure choice for beautifying a shaded wall or large fence, as long as it has moist soil and a strong structure to support its heavy vines.

Plant name: Hydrangea petularis

measuring: Climbs to 50 feet

Regions: 5-9

Boston Ivy

Reed Davis

A vine that sparkles in the fall because of its fall color, Boston ivy has three-lobed leaves that turn fiery red at the end of the season. It is a close relative of the grape and bears clusters of small purple fruits that attract birds at the end of the season. Boston ivy is also not picky in the garden and will grow quickly in full sun or shade and in most soil conditions.

Plant name: Parthenocysus tricuspid

measuring: Climbs to 60 feet

Regions: 4-8

Garden testing tip

Unlike most vines, it climbs using suction cups at the ends of its tendrils. Pulling it from the wall can be difficult because the small suction cups will remain attached.

Honeysuckle vine

Lori Black

If you want to make your garden a haven for butterflies, plant honeysuckle. This easy-care-for perennial flowering vine doesn’t grow as large or spreading as trumpet vine, so it’s a good choice for small-space gardens. It produces tube-shaped flowers in summer in shades of red, orange and yellow and grows best in full sun with well-drained soil.

Plant name: Lonicera Selections

measuring: It grows up to 20 feet, depending on the species

Regions: 5-9

Garden testing tip

Some varieties, such as trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) It is native to North America, but others are not and can become invasive in some areas; Check local restrictions before planting.

Assorted kiwi

Lynn Carlin

Add color to your garden with variegated kiwi, which has leaves that start out green but turn pink and white as they mature. It is a vigorous grower and produces fragrant white flowers in early summer. The variegated kiwi can grow in full sun or partial shade and is best planted in well-drained, clay soil.

Plant name: Actinidia columicta

measuring: Climbs to 15 feet

Regions: 4-8

Garden testing tip

Gardeners can grow it in cold winter climates a. wittyIt is a hardy species and bears delicious fruits. They will be much smaller than what you are used to seeing in the grocery store.

Purple grape leaves

Lori Black

Not all grapes are edible! The grapes with beautiful purple leaves are a feast for the eyes. In the spring and summer, it has purple foliage that turns a stunning shade of red in the fall. It offers small clusters of sweet fruits, but the leaves are the main attraction of this plant. Like all grapes, it is a fast grower that does best in full sun and well-drained soil.

Plant name: Wine vine “Purpurea”

measuring: Climbs to 25 feet

Regions: 6-9

Perennial sweet peas

Dean Shopner

Use perennial sweet peas to add color all summer long to small spaces. This easy-care vine grows just six feet tall and produces unscented pink or white flowers all summer long. It spreads by suckers, so some gardeners find it a bit annoying. Sweet pea trees grow best in full sun and need well-drained soil or they will rot. If you live where the ground doesn’t freeze in the winter, you can plant it in the fall for spring blooms.

Plant name: Lathyrus latifolius

measuring: Climbs to 6 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

Garden testing tip

Perennial sweet peas may be weedy or invasive in some areas, so check local restrictions before planting them.


Peter Cromhardt

Wisteria is one of the most loved and hated vines. On the plus side, it bears gorgeous clusters of fragrant flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink and white in the spring. Unfortunately, Asian species are less often cultivated (Wisteria floribunda And W. sinensis) They are also very powerful growers and have underground runners that can overrun the garden. Wisteria is native to Kentucky (W. Macrostachia) and American wisteria (W. Fruitsens) Make choices that are tame but equally beautiful.

Plant name: Wisteria Selections

measuring: Climbs to 30 feet

Regions: 5-9

Garden testing tip

Check local restrictions before planting non-native species and cultivars because they are considered weeds in warmer regions.

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