Answer: Hardenbergia violacea is commonly called lilac vine, but it is not a lilac. It has fragrant purple flower sprays that smell somewhat lilacy. It is twining, evergreen, blooms in winter (usually Jan-Feb), is low-water-use and fast growing. It also is a low-litter plant, which is important near pools and equipment, as you don't want alot of leaves and seeds clogging up the works. Another suggestion is yellow orchid vine (Mascagnia macroptera). It blooms with yellow flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by unusual paper-like pods. It is twining, low water use, and moderately fast growing. However, it is classified as semi-evergreen, meaning that if temperatures are cold enough in winter, it will drop leaves but rejuvenate when things warm up. Another semi-evergreen twining vine is passion vine (Passiflora foetida), which has spectacular flowers. This vine attracts gulf frittilary butterflies, who lay their eggs on it so caterpillars have something to eat as soon as they hatch. Sometimes, they can quite denude the vine, so if that is an issue for you, it wouldn't be a good choice. The butterfly display often makes up for it though! If the roots are established, the vines usually come back fine. It is low litter. All of these possibilities will do fine in eastern sunlight. Hope this helps!
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