climbing/trellis - Knowledgebase Question

Lenox, Ma
Question by leslilang
March 28, 2008
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 from NGA
March 28, 2008


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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