The Q&A Archives: sun loving hardy vine needed to flow over edge - to water below

Question: I am really wanting to find a vine to plant between our land and the dock overlooking the pond. The land stops with a 10-15 foot drop to the water (reason for the dock as the land was once a gravel pit.) I have added some compost to the area I want to plant but it is still mostly sandy gravel. I was hoping to find a plant that would flow over the bank (to cover the red clay drop off) and possibly into the water. The area is full sun. We live east of Memphis, TN in zone 7. It would be great if we could find something that was evergreen, but it isn't necessary. I have added compost and top soil to the flat land banking the drop off and am planning on planting some type of ground cover, such as sedums or ice plant. I have thought about trumpet vine, but am scared that it would be toooo invasive. Any suggestions? Cyndy Mahon

Answer: There are several vines you could consider however by nature vines are large plants that do want to spread. You could consider the trumpet vine as you mentioned, also the sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora -- starry fragrant blooms in fall, cut back hard early each spring), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus virginiana -- great fall color, native), crossvine (Bignonia capreolata `Tangerine Beauty` --semi-evergreen) or even Jasminum nudiflorum (semi shrub but will trail, yellow blooms in late winter, not fragrant) or maybe a Lady Banks rose. Your local county extension and/or professionally trained nurseryman may have other suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions and your overall design goals.

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