The Q&A Archives: Vine Blooming

Question: We just put up lattice and we want to have vines with flowers that will bloom all year round. Must be able to take direct sun.Multiple colors would be nice. We also would like hanging baskets, ferns are nice. They to must be able to take direct sun. There is shade early in the morning and late in the evening. What would you sugguest?

Answer: Most vines will only bloom over a 6-8 week period, but there are exceptions. Climbing roses are probably the longest blooming and may be evergreen in your gardening region; evergreen clematis is another suggestion. You might also want to try honeysuckle, trumpet vine or Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia littoralis) on your lattice trellis.

Hanging basket naturals are trailing plants such as Alternanthera dentata, Alyssum
Asarina (Chickabiddy), Bidens, Brachycome (Swan River Daisy), Calibrachoa (Million bells), Cobea (Cup and Saucer Vine), Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia), Eccremocarpus (Glory Flower), Helichrysum petiolare (Licorice plant), Iberis (Annual Candytuft),
Ipomea batatas (Sweet Potato Vine), Ivy geranium (Perlargonium peltatum), Laurentia,
Lobelia, Lotus berthelotii (Parrot's beak), Nasturtium, Plectranthus argentatus (Silver plectranthus), Scaevola (Fan Flower), Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan vine), Verbena, Vinca, Wave Petunias and Zinnia angustifolia (Narrowleaf Zinnia). I'd stay away from ferns - they generally grow best in full shade.

Hope we've provided you with some ideas for a spectacular garden!

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