The Q&A Archives: Looking for Bright Color Flower Vines

Question: Could you please suggest approriate about six different varieties of vines for our area?

I am looking for vines with lots of year around (or mostly) colorful flowers.

Thank you.

Surjit Dhillon

Answer: Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) is a climber that produces orange to salmon flowers throughout most of the summer months. Zones 4-9. Provide it with an arbor, trellis or fence and let it climb! While it doesn't have to be trained, this vigorous grower does need to be pruned back -- for containment purposes.

Jackman clematis (Clematis x jackmanii) is highly sought after for its large red, white, pink, purple, or lavender flowers. Zones: 3-8. A trick to success with clematis is growing the plant in sunlight but keeping its roots cool. This may be achieved by mulching or planting low plants over the clematis' root zone to provide ground shade.

Virginia creepers (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) are flowering vine plants whose green leaves morph to brilliant colors in fall, ranging from red to burgundy. Although they do flower, these flowering vine plants are grown for their foliage.

Another vine that has done very well for me is the hardy kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta). The male vine has beautiful hot pink and white splashes of color which make up for the very insignificant little white flowers in the spring. You need a male and female to have fruit which is much smaller and sweeter then the kiwi fruit in the grocery store.

Still other suggestions are Lonicera (honeysuckle), and some annual vines such as morning glory, scarlet runner bean or hyacinth bean.

Hope you plant one of each of these suggestions!

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