Hardy vines (climbers) offer the gardener limitless possibilities. Vines can be trained to grow along walls and fences, up arches and pergolas, and encouraged to cover out buildings or dead or unattractive trees and structures. Many offer outstanding foliage, colorful berries and fruits, and some display phenomenal blossoms. Vines do demand training and attention in the beginning to ensure proper anchoring to surfaces.
Hardy Shrub and Perennial Vines
Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia durior)
Heart shaped leaves w/ dense foliage, yellowish green flowers
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
Trumpet shaped orange to scarlet flowers, great clinging habit
American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
Attractive late summer scarlet and orange berries – need a female and male pair for fruit
Clematis (Clematis sp.) Every imaginable color! Many different flower shapes.
Baltic / English Ivy (Hedra helix)
Dark glossy green leaves for sun or shade. Great ground cover also.
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ‘petiolana’)
Woody vine especially great for trellises. Flat cluster of white flowers.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius)
Pinks, purples, and white long lasting flowers. Vigorous, clingy plant.
Hall’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘halliana’) Yellow buff, fragrant.
Dropmore Honeysuckle (Lonicera x)
Virtually everblooming vine. Scarlet, long tubed flowers.
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Large leaves with serrated edges. Great slope groundcover also.
Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
Denser growth than Virginia creeper with same looks and characteristics.
Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinia) Fiery autumn foliage, bright fruit/berries. Fast, vigorous grower.
Climbing Rose (Rosa sp.) We offer the hardiest shrub roses and climbers with fantastic fragrance.
Grape (Vitis sp.) Wide range of fruit choices. Great shade cover for pergolas.
Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) Long living w/ great size potential. Large grape-like clusters of flowers.
If a vine is too ‘messy’ for an area where a climber is desired, you may wish to add an espalier. An espalier is a tree(s) or shrub(s) that has been trained and pruned to grow in flat, regular or irregular, pattered lines along a wall or fence that adds an unusual and formal look to any wall. The most common types of plants for espaliering are fruit trees. Espaliering allows those with little lot room to benefit from the beauty of some of the larger trees and shrubs. If an espalier might interest you, see a LYP associate to get information on what is available for the season.
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