15 flowering vines to add to your garden

15 flowering vines to add to your garden

Besides color and texture, flowering vines add height and interest to the garden. They are a great option for use in neglected parts of your garden and can provide privacy and screening. Flowering vines are ideal for adding depth and breaking up the straight lines in your garden, for brightening up smaller areas with their vertical growth, for covering bare walls and fences, but also simply for their decorative appeal.

The best types of flowering vines you can add to your landscape

Although you may not be sure about adding a vine to your garden because you've heard stories about English ivy and other plants that can become invasive, there are many flowering vines you can choose from. They can be annuals or perennials, and there are vines for almost every USDA hardiness zone. Here's a look at the best flowering vines in both categories so you can add some color and height to your landscape.

Sweet peas (sweet peas)

Sweet pea is a romantic and well-behaved flowering vine. It is great for small spaces and can also be grown as a trailing plant on the side of a railing or balcony. Sweet peas have a lovely, mild aroma and come in colors ranging from white to light pink to salmon to blue. Plant them in spring from seed. They don't like very hot weather, so they often fade away by summer. They like full sun, but some shade is acceptable, and perhaps preferred in hotter parts of the world.

Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)

Not to be confused with the perennial called black-eyed Susan, this fast-growing vine blooms with small, showy flowers that resemble those of black-eyed Susans (hence the name). The flowers of this flowering vine may be yellow, white, apricot, or pink. They do well in pots and hanging baskets, but also look great climbing a trellis. In hot climates, Black-eyed Susan vine is a perennial and this plant loves full sun.
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Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus Quinquefolia)

Do you have an ugly wall and are in desperate need of a good covering? Choose Virginia Creeper. This favorite flowering vine grows quickly and acquires a beautiful red color. The Virginia Creeper is not very fussy about soil types, so it is an ideal plant for attacking those problem areas in your garden, yard or porch.

Scarlet beans (Phaseolus Coccineus)

The Scarlet Runner Bean is a beautiful heirloom vine with gorgeous red flowers that attract hummingbirds. Better yet, the seeds of this plant are edible. You can eat them fresh when they are young or let them grow large on the vine and then harvest them to dry at the end of the season. Scarlet Runner Bean is a fast-growing plant that needs plenty of space and plenty of sunlight.

Mandevilla (Mandevilla sp.)

Mandevilla is a gorgeous vine with attractive glossy green leaves as well as large, bright flowers. The plants bloom from summer to fall in pink, red and white. You can grow mandevilla in the ground, but it is also one of the best flowering vines to grow in a large container. Of course, you will need a trellis or trellis next to or inside the container for it to grow. It likes full sun but needs a little afternoon shade in hot climates.

Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea Anomala Petiolaris)

Climbing hydrangea is one of the best flowering vines for the shade garden. Most other vines thrive in full sun, but this one is shade-loving and can climb walls, trees and other structures. This shade lover features creamy white flowers all summer long. Their vines are very heavy, so they need something sturdy to climb or lean on. It is very slow growing, so be patient as it can take years to establish.

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Clematis (clematis)

It is difficult to find a more versatile perennial vine than clematis. You can find varieties that bloom in spring, summer, or fall in a wide range of colors. Clematis is a well-behaved vine that can be grown in the ground or in containers. Plant them in the right place, and you will be amazed by the flower show that will take place every year. They like their heads in full sun but prefer their roots to be shaded, so plant other perennials at their base to help protect the roots.
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Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)

This hardy perennial vine has gorgeous tube-shaped flowers. Pollinators like hummingbirds and bees will flock to them! Be sure to choose Lonicera sempervivens, or Lonicera periclymenum, and not the invasive Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), which will take over your entire garden.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea sp.)

Bougainvillea is a really gorgeous vine-like shrub if you live in an area temperate enough for it to be a perennial. Bougainvillea can grow 20 to 30 feet tall and blooms with masses of brightly colored, tropical-looking flowers that have a papery texture. Dwarf varieties are available for smaller spaces and are easier to control.
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Wisteria (Wisteria sp.)

Wisteria is a hardy perennial with beautiful, drooping flowers that resemble bunches of grapes. The purple-blue flowers are beautifully scented and appear in mid-spring. However, they grow incredibly quickly and need a lot of attention to avoid going to unwanted places. Look for an American rather than an Asian variety for a tame plant. They prefer full sun but it's smart to choose a sheltered location if you live in a cooler climate.
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Firecracker Vine (Ipomoea lobata)

The Firecracker vine is one of those flowering vines that is not well known among most gardeners, but it is one of those varieties that should be known. It tolerates heat and drought, and hummingbirds love it. It is an annual plant in most climates, but may survive as a perennial in warmer regions. It blooms all summer long and enjoys full sun. The flowers are tubular and first appear red before maturing to yellow and finally to white. You will get all three colors on the vine at some point.
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Carolyn Jessamine (Jasmine Evergreen)

Carolina jessamine, native to the southern United States, blooms very early in the spring. Unfortunately, it is not hardy in cooler northern regions, but Southern growers can enjoy its semi-evergreen to evergreen foliage and bright yellow flowers. It blooms in early spring, with some blooms in fall. It is a fast grower that works well to cover unsightly views. The vines can grow up to 20 feet long but behave very well in the garden. Requires full sun.
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Chocolate vine (Ikepia quinata)

Who wouldn't want to grow a flowering plant called chocolate vine? Its distinctive chocolate fragrance makes this plant one of the most unique flowering vines you can grow. The vines are fast growing and can reach 20 feet in one year. Prune often or transplant into pots to keep them under control. This flowering vine prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

False hydrangea vine (Hydrangea schizophrenia)

Similar in appearance to a climbing hydrangea, this vine is actually a completely different plant! The petals are single and come in pink or white, while climbing hydrangea only comes in white. This shade-tolerant vine, although it does need some light to thrive, is a great choice for most areas.

Nasturtium vine (Tropaeolum Majus)

Nasturtiums are a versatile annual plant that does well with its beautiful round leaves and showy flowers in containers and beds, but can also be trained up a trellis. You'll need to do a little work to get them to climb a trellis, but they're great for small spaces and won't try to take over your garden. Bonus: The leaves and flowers are edible! They like full sun. Flowering vines excel adding color and often fragrance to their attractive foliage and climbing habit. A good thing to keep in mind when planting vines is patience; They can take a few seasons to become established. Be aware of the amount of sun or shade your vines require and plant them accordingly. Pro tip: When using a trellis for vines, try to secure it when planting so you don't have to disturb the roots later.

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