Do you love the look of a romantic cottage garden? Flowering vines can help you achieve a lush garden quickly with upright color and texture and best of all they don’t require a ton of work! Here are 5 Easy and Effortless Vines you are sure to love!
Sweet Caroline…sing it with me! I adore this vine, Carolina Jessamine, the state flower of South Carolina.It blooms with sunny yellow one inch flowers in the spring and will sometimes make a repeat showing in the fall depending on your zone. I’m in zone 8 but this vine is hardy in zones 6-9.
My Carolina Jessamine is in full bloom right now! This is one plant people! I planted it 2 years ago next to the post you see below. That portion of the deck is 14 feet long! The vine will grow up to 20 feet long. This is one vine that performs! It will need some occasional pruning. I prune it twice a summer to keep it neat and tidy. Just take some pruners to runaway vines and start clipping. If you have deer issues, then you’ll love this vine, because the deer won’t touch it.
Unlike the Carolina Jessamine, which has little to no scent, Honeysuckle Vine will drench the air with it’s sweet perfume on a hot summer’s night. I remember my college days, driving home to Virginia Beach from Richmond in my little convertible, breathing in the heavy, sweet scent of the Honeysuckle Vine growing in the trees along the interstate. They are a very aggressive vine, which is great if you want quick results. They are drought tolerant and prefer full sun, but don’t mind some shade. Butterflies and bumble bees love them. The Honeysuckle vine grows in zones 5-9, and come in red, orange, and yellow, and some varieties are even evergreen.
Another favorite vine that you will often find climbing arbors and mailbox posts is Clematis. Clematis varieties can bloom either in the fall or spring and evergreen varieties are also available. They produce a flush of flowers anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in diameter and come in a huge range of color choices. These are easily grown in zones 3-9.
Wisteria is a vigorous vine that oozes romance! For all you Twilight fans, you will recognize white wisteria in the wedding scene of Breaking Dawn. Many gardeners curse its over zealous nature but quickly forgive when spring enfolds long, dripping petals of purple and white. They have a heavy perfume and bloom for a few weeks. This classic vine will require pruning once it takes off, but there are many dwarf varieties available.
If you are in need of quick and dense screening, then you’ll love Cypress Vine! It’s lush and lacy foliage is great for a patio or deck. With months of five point start blooms, this vine is a showstopper! It grows 12-25 feet, loves the sun, and isn’t picky about it’s soil.
Get out in the garden and add some colorful texture with easy and effortless vines! For more garden tips be sure to check out the Gardening Tab at the top of this page!