Answer: Here are a few vines that grow reliably in your gardening region:
Fast grower with decoration throughout the year. Produces small, greenish-white flowers in June. The fruit is a round, orange-yellow capsule that opens in autumn, disclosing the scarlet-colored seed pod that lasts into winter.
Best support: Clinging vine that can climb fences or walls, but also a good climber on trellises or arbors.
Light/shade: Partial to full sun.
Advantage: Striking orange-red seed capsules through fall and winter. Good food for birds into winter.
Disadvantage: Fruit will make people sick, so families with small children might avoid it.
A rapid-growing deciduous vine with pretty clusters of tubular pink flowers through late spring and summer. Bluish-green leaves provide nice contrast.
Best support: Twining vine. Try an open structure such as a trellis or lattice. Can grow up to 20 feet. Light/shade: Partial to full sun.
Special care instructions: Pinch off dead flowers unless you want the vine to produce seedpods. Prune after flowering to shape.
Advantage: Trumpet honeysuckle, often called "coral honeysuckle," is a beautiful plant. This honeysuckle is one of the best plants for hummingbirds and is a good choice for the wildlife-friendly garden.
The "Queen of the Vine" is an incredibly popular plant that inspires fan clubs. As the American Clematis Society, at http://www.clematis.org, notes, there are more than 300 varieties of clematis, with flowers of various sizes and colors.
In this region, try a small-flowering variety such as Clematis viticella for a longer blooming season. It is deciduous and grows aggressively when provided root protection.
Best support: Clematis is a twining vine with tendrils that like to wrap around a trellis, post or shrub. Open trellis is best; avoid fences or walls.
Light/shade: Roots need to be cool while tops are in sun five to six hours a day.
Advantage: Attractive. Aggressive growth. Plant is feather- light, so it's good for weaker supports.
Disadvantage: Clematis needs to be coaxed and tied onto its trellis for the first few years.
This evergreen climbing vine, with its waxy dark-green leaves, is a favorite of traditionalists. Fruit in spring and small flowers in fall. Older vines can reach a foot in diameter.
Best support: English ivy has holdfasts that cement to walls or fences. It needs no trellis support.
Light/shade: Does well in the shade, but also tolerates sun.
Advantage: One of few evergreen vines that thrive in Colorado. Fast growing and low-maintenance; difficult to kill.
Disadvantage: An aggressive nonnative plant that the National Park Service would like to see eliminated in North America. Eating the berries will make people sick.
SILVER LACE VINE
A rapid-growing deciduous vine that shows off lots of fragrant white flowers summer through fall. Climbs 25 feet.
Best support: Twining grower -- try a trellis or arbor.
Light/shade: Full sun to partial sun.
Advantage: Covers area quickly; produces masses of flowers that bloom for months. It is a hardy plant that tolerates most soils and blooms in late summer when many plants are slowing down.
Disadvantage: Silver lace vine can be invasive, so cut it back each spring.
Best wishes with your new vine!
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