The Q&A Archives: Lavender trumpet vine

Question: We bought an older house last June after renting it for 3 years. One of the attractions to the house was the beaytiful garden in the back yard. The back patio was covered with a very old and rotting arbor which had a magnificent Lavender trumpet vine 12 feet high growing the full extent of the arbor, about 25 feet in length and about 15 feet extenting toward the house. After purchasing the house we knew the arbor would have to be replaced. We wanted to do this with minimum impact to the vine. My son and his friend offeredto help. We got started and partially through it I had to run out to the store for some thing. When I returned my son had cut down all but the main stalk of the vine. What remained was the original hieght and maybe 2 feet on each side. Needless to say I,along with the plant, was devistated. I thought it would come back, I didn't know how fast but all the same I thought it would come back. Now it is spring, all the other plants are blooming and looking beautiful but the Lavender trumpet vine is still in shock. Have we killed it? Is there hope it will someday return to it's original beauty? I am still hopeful and am reluctant to cut it completly down. I don't have much experience with this plant and don't know what to do. Please help.

Answer: As sad a tale as it is, it should have a happy ending. Lavender trumpet vine is quite resilient and in some gardening regions where winters are cold enough to kill the tops of the vines down to ground level, losing the tops doesn't seem to phase the plant. I think your vine will recover, but it may take a while to overcome the shock. Continue to give it good care and make yourself accept its appearance until it begins to recover. Once new growth is healthy, you can start reshaping your plant. Best wishes with your landscape!

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