The Q&A Archives: Recommendation For Vine

Question: What do you recommend for a non-agressive, slow growing, low maintenance climbing vine? We don't want out of control spread of vines that requires constant trimming. We like the
idea of spread and cover. Are there plants that you recommend on vertical trellis?

I've heard of English ivy, but I get mixed results as I peruse the internet. Some say it is environmental hazard because it grows too fast and overwhelms other plants and trees.

Answer: I agree that English ivy can get out of hand after a few years so I wouldn't recommend planting it in the landscape. Many lovely non-invasive vines are available. Some substitutes to consider include trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans), American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), and goldflame honeysuckle (Lonicera heckrottii). All grow best in full sunshine, in well-draining soils.

Best wishes with your garden!

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