Which Vine? - Knowledgebase Question

El Dorado Hills, Ca
Question by busigrace
March 29, 2010
We need to replace 2 distictis vines that never flowered on the side of the house. We are looking for something that flowers, will serve as a screen and tolerates full sun for at least 5 hours. It will be on drip irrigation.


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Answer from NGA
March 29, 2010

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Everlasting Pea (Sweet Pea): Perennial Pea is and old favorite twining vine that likes full sun. It has white, rose, or magenta flowers beginning in summer and continuing to bloom through fall. The flowers have little or no fragrance and because of its large size, this vine is well suited to fences and back borders. Sweet Pea grows rapidly and are a breeze to start from seed.

Clematis: Tried and true, the clematis is a vine that enjoys sun to partial shade and loves to climb its way up an arbor. The large, dramatic flowers are available in so many colors and forms now, that it's hard to stop collecting them. Clematis blooms in the summer and produces a prolific amount of long lasting flowers. This versatile vine also works great on balcony railings, draped in containers or sprawling along the ground.

Climbing Hydrangea: These vines are not nearly as well known or as popular as the hydrangea shrub, but they outperform the shrub in beauty. With dark, shiny green leaves, and huge white clusters of fragrant flowers, climbing hydrangea bloom in late June and early July. With bright yellow foliage in the fall and interesting winter bark, this vine is gorgeous all year long. Climbing hydrangea is slow to establish. It needs moist, well-drained, and fertile soil in sun or shade. It does not twine, but clings with its roots and needs a strong support structure.

Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle vines vary widely in type and desirability. The pink flower buds of the Goldflame honeysuckle open to a creamy yellow center starting in March and lasting until winter. The flowers are slightly fragrant and the hummingbirds love them. Goldflame honeysuckle is also evergreen. It is the first plant to show growth in the spring and the leaves stay on the vine until the temperature falls below 20 degrees. It doesn't form berries like its invasive cousins. This vine grows 10 to 20 feet, so it easily traverses a fence, goes over an arbor, or up a trellis. It will grow in shade, but with fewer flowers.

Trumpet honeysuckle has bluish-green leaves and while its flowers are not fragrant, they are very showy. 'Magnifica' has big, bright red flowers with yellow centers. 'Alabama Scarlet' is dark red. 'Sulphurea' has gorgeous, pure yellow flowers with bright green leaves. Trumpet honeysuckle can grow 10 to 20 feet or higher depending on the structure.

Hope one of these suggestions are just right for your garden.

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