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Question: I am not a seasoned gardner but I do plant annuals each year front garden. I need an easy quick annual to climb up a trellis on sunny/hot east/south wall. Last year I bought 3 robust healthy morning glories and put them in a planter, gave them a trellis to climb and they did not do well. They grew to about 2 feet and didn't flower. I'm not giving up yet. Can you recommend a fool proof climber that will cover my red wall and make it look cooler in the summer. Thanks.

Answer: Here are several annual vines you might consider:
Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba) grows 15 feet Large, 4-inch, fragrant white flowers open in the evening and last through the night. Full sun with well-drained soil. Notch seed coat with a file and soak overnight before planting.

Love-in-a-Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum); 10 feet Small white flowers followed by puffy fruits. The seed has a heart-shaped mark. Full sun and well-drained soil.

Cup and Saucer Vine (Cobaea scandens); 20 feet Green blossoms mature to deep purple. Fascinating foliage. Full sun. Moist, well-drained soil. Tendrils at end of leaves.

Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus); 10 feet Purple blossom spikes followed by bright purple bean pods. Easy to grow, requires a sunny growing area.

Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea); 20 feet Fast-growing vine with 4-to 5-inch-wide flowers in white, blue or red. Warm sunny location, tolerates some drought. Soak and nick the seeds before planting.

Cardinal Vine (Ipomoea x multifida); 20 feet Small brilliant red flowers above ferny foliage. Warm sunny location, tolerates some drought. Soak and nick the seeds before planting.

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus); 6 feet Blue, pink, purple, red or white fragrant flowers in spring. Grow as winter or spring annual. Cool temperatures, moist, well-drained soil. Remove old blossoms to keep the plant flowering.

Mandevilla (Mandevilla splendens); 10 to 15 feet Pink funnel-shaped flowers, leathery dark green leaves. Sun or light shade, well-drained soil.

Spanish Flag (Mina lobata); 20 feet The flowers are at first red then fade through yellow to cream. Full sun, well-drained soil. Soak the seed before planting.

Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus); 10 feet Fast-growing vine produces clusters of brilliant red flowers and edible beans. Full sun. Rich, well-drained soil.

Purple Bell Vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineum); 10 feet Purple, bell-shaped flowers. Full sun. Moist organic soil.

Good luck with your new vines!

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