The Q&A Archives: vines

Question: I am looking for 2 vines like a clematis or something. Problem is where I want to plant them is one would be in part sun and the other one would have a great deal more shade and there is also a dryer vent 3 feet from it. Also I don't remember if I asked but I have a very thin crepe myrtle that is in its second year in my yard. No flowers as yet and I am giving it 2 gph every other day. Is that enough? It has been very hot lately. Thanks Dave

Answer: The dryer vent will pose some problems unless you can somehow deflect the heat. Neither shrubs nor vines will appreciate the blast of hot air. If you can deflect the heat, you might consider growing wisteria, Akebia, evergreen honeysuckle, Carolina jessamine, Evergreen Smilax or Confederate Jasmine. All will grow in part to full shade so they should adapt to the sunshine exposure you describe.

If your crepe myrtle looks healthy, it is getting enough water, despite the heat. Non-blooming can be attributed to immaturity (it can take a year or two to become established in your landscape), or it could be that it needs to be pruned. Crepe myrtles bloom on new wood so pruning in the early spring, just as it begins to leaf out will encourage the growth of new (and hopefully) flowering wood.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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