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    Effective Uses for Vines in your Landscape Design

    Posted Saturday, April 5, 2014

    If your home needs beautifying, vines can be the answer to your landscaping questions.

    Vines can be used to screen unattractive features. Whether it’s the neighbor’s mess, an alley or whatever, you can hide it from view with vines grown on a fence or trellis. If it’s a retaining wall you want to hide, you can plant vines above it to cascade down and transform the area.

    Create shade quickly. If you have too much sun at your home and don’t want to wait several years for trees to grow, erect an arbor and plant vines to grow over it. If it’s big enough, consider placing a bench or picnic table underneath and have an oasis for gatherings.

    Here are some perennial vines to consider:

    Clematis is a stunning choice. Large, deep-colored flowers bloom from spring to fall. You’ll need to buy plants, and they require rich, well-drained soil.

    Grapevines will not only give you shade, in time they’ll bear fruit too. Be prepared to learn how to prune them for best results.

    Hops grow really fast, up to 20 feet in one year. Though they come back each year, they die back to the crown in winter.

    Wisteria has very fragrant blooms in spring, but is a very aggressive plant and will root wherever the vine touches the ground.

    Here are some annual vining plants to consider:

    Gourds. Gourds are very easy to grow, and great conversation pieces. Stick with the small ones if growing them vertically. The large gourds are too heavy and should be allowed to grow on the ground. 

    Scarlet runner beans. Another edible option, these beans are very attractive in both flower and bean.

    There are many more vining plants to choose from. Ask at your local nursery which vines will suit your specific needs.

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