The Q&A Archives: Perennial Flowering Vines

Question: I have a short wooden fence that I would like to plant some vines on. The area recieves some morning sun and afternoon shade. I have thought of morning glories, however I want something that grows or flowers year-round in Florida. Would morning glories do that in north central Florida? Why can't clematis grow in this zone?

Answer: Clematis needs cool soil to grow and thrive, so it doesn't live long in your area, if it will grow at all. There are no vines that bloom all year that would withstand Gainesville winters. There are several evergreen vines that would make good fence coverings. Some bloom in spring, some in summer and some in fall. Some do not have conspious flowers, but the foliage is beautiful.<br><br>Some vines for shaded areas are:Sickle Thorn (Asparagus falcatus), white flowers, blooms in summer; Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata), blooms early spring, has yellow-orange flowers; Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans), blooms in Spring and Summer, has orange-red flowers; Climbing Hydrangea (Decumaria barbara), blooms in Spring,<br>has white flowers; Algerian Ivy (Hedera canariensis), inconspicous flowers; English Ivy (Hedera helix), inconpicious flowers.<br><br>There many other vines that would be good fence covers in shaded areas. Try mixing morning glories in with your perennials - they'll add some color when the perennials aren't blooming.

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