Think Spring: Vigorous Vines

by Amanda

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Vines are a great way to add color and height to the garden. Clematis can easily be planted for privacy in the landscape.

Vines can quickly become the focal point of any garden. Plant them to grow up an arbor, wind around a trellis, or even train them to grow up the walls of your home or shed. Their vigorous growth and beautiful blooms make them a popular staple for both big and small space gardens. Many flowering vines are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, creating an added show in the garden.

Vines are also an easy way to create privacy in your yard. Whether you're trying to hide an unsightly feature on your property, block out a neighbor's view, or create living "rooms" in your garden, vines are a simple (and colorful) solution.

Vigorous Vines: Climb High

Many vines are known for their tremendous climbing power. Train them to grow at any spot in your garden and let them free!

Clematis, often called the “Queen of Vines,” are perfect for planting to grow up your mailbox, trellis, or porch. Their unique, colorful blooms will bring the eye upwards and create a dynamic element to your garden. Try planting the famous Jackmanii, bi-color Nelly Moser, fragrant Multi Blue, or many others. You will be delighted at how quickly and easily they grow, as well as their stunning, long-lasting show in summer through fall.

Hydrangea Vines are another fantastic climber, famous for climbing on masonry walls. They can reach heights of up to seven feet and will attach to most structures – make sure to plant a Hydrangea Vine to climb on a sturdy, sound wall. The gorgeous, white clusters of flowers will illuminate the garden and also attract beautiful winged wildlife.

Passion Flower Vine is an exotic vine that is world-famous for its winding vines and stunning, fragrant flowers. It is a rapid grower and a prolific bloomer – Passion Flower's bi-color blooms are a lovely white with vivid blue accents. This vine is true eye candy in the garden and the subject of many fantastic photos!

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Honeysuckle is a fantastic climber with fragrant blooms that open up in the late season.

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Hydrangea vines need a sturdy wall to climb on.

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Clematis will climb anywhere; your creativity is the limit!

Vigorous Vines: Attract Pollinators

Honeysuckle Vines are famous for attracting much-loved Hummingbirds to the garden. Fragrant honeysuckle also blooms from summer into fall, when much of the garden has finished for the season, offering up a late-season source of pollen for a variety of pollinators.

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Honeysuckle Vines are a magnet for hummingbirds.

We love the iconic true red Major Wheeler and pure white Mint Crisp that boasts fantastic variegated foliage.

Vigorous Vines: Plant For Privacy

Vines can be such a useful tool in the garden. Plant quick-climbing varieties to camouflage unsightly sheds, soften up chain-link fences and create a living "wall" to add privacy to your patio or relaxation areas.

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Trumpet vine is a vigorous grower, as you can see with this customer photo! Trumpet Vineis one of our favorite varieties to use for privacy in the garden. Just make sure you plant it where it has plenty of room to grow! Some varieties of Trumpet Vine can reach heights of up to 30 feet and are perfect for covering arbors, fences, and walls. The vibrant blooms will also attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to your garden.

If you're looking for a way to add privacy to a smaller area, or don't want your vine to take over completely, try planting Trumpet Vine Jazz Fire or Jazz Sunrise Gold. These compact varieties grow to just 5' tall and are perfect planted in a large container if given a trellis or fence to climb up on.

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Clematis climbing on a fence.

There's Always Room For Vines!

Whether your garden is big or small, vines add easy height, dimension, and color to the landscape in just a few short seasons. Their gorgeous blooms and dramatic growth will become a focal point of your garden and attract a parade of pollinators along the way.

  1. Purple Venosa Violacea Clematis, Clematis viticella

    Venosa Violacea Clematis dazzles with velvety purple blooms distinguished by white centers that shine like stars against the vivid petals. Plants bloom over a long period from midsum...

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    Venosa Violacea Clematis Venosa Violacea Clematis Clematis viticella
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    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Venosa Violacea Clematis dazzles with velvety purple blooms distinguished by white centers that shine like stars against the vivid petals. Plants bloom over a long period from midsummer to early fall attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Perfect for climbing fences, adding height to cottage gardens and courtyards, or supported on trellises in perennial beds. (Clematis viticella)
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  2. Clematis Vine Piilu close up pink-lavender flowers - first bloom

    With a petite habit and the ability to bloom in both double and single flowers, ‘Piilu’ clematis is a wonderful vine for the deck or patio. Double ruffled lavender blooms are pro...

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    Piilu® Clematis Vine Piilu® Clematis Vine Clematis Piilu®, Clematis Little Duckling
    $33.98 Sale $22.09
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    With a petite habit and the ability to bloom in both double and single flowers, ‘Piilu’ clematis is a wonderful vine for the deck or patio. Double ruffled lavender blooms are produced on old stems in early summer, and single flowers follow on the current season’s growth. Very hardy. Part-shade. (Clematis)
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  3. Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation, Lonicera periclymenum

    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduou...

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    Scentsation Honeysuckle Vine Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation P#16240 Lonicera periclymenum Scentsation PP#16240
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    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduous deep-green vine throughout summer which then become scarlet fall berries. Not invasive. Pollinator and hummingbird magnet. Average sunny soils with good moisture retention are the right match for this award-winning climbing plant. (Lonicera periclymenum)
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  4. Trumpet Vine Summer Jazz Fire PP23,917, Campsis

    Dwarf Trumpet Vine Summer Jazz Fire is the perfect climber for adding a privacy screen without taking over the area. Gorgeous red-orange trumpet shaped blooms perform all summer lon...

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    Summer Jazz® Fire Trumpet Vine Summer Jazz Fire® Trumpet Vine PP#23917 Campsis Summer Jazz® Fire PP#23917
    $23.98 Sale $15.59
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Trumpet Vine Summer Jazz Fire is the perfect climber for adding a privacy screen without taking over the area. Gorgeous red-orange trumpet shaped blooms perform all summer long. Plant in a sunny spot or in a container where it can climb. (Campsis radicans)
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