Vines are generally categorized into two types: annuals and perennials. Within these two broad categories are sub-categories that you can categorize according to your need. You can exploit the tendencies of a climbing vine to decorate a bare wall on the exterior of the house. Supporting vines can make your trellis or arbor a thing of beauty.
Annuals are vines that live for just one growing season. The seeds or cuttings should be planted in the spring to bloom in the summer before dying in the winter. Among the popular annual vines are morning glory, scarlet runner bean, mandevilla, moonflower and black-eyed susan vine.
Perennials can grow for several years are be either herbaceous or woody. Herbaceous perennials offers seasonal flowers and greenery to your landscape while requiring little in the way of pruning. Herbaceous perennials are good for growing on a temporarily trellises.
Woody perennial vines require a durable and permanent support like a wooden arbor. You will also have to do some annual pruning to get the most out of these vines. Woody vines include wisteria, trumpet creeper and grapes. Wood vines tend to have hardy stems and branches.
Twining vines have stems that wrap around the support on which they grow. Twining vines are usually vigorous, durable and long-lasting. The woody herbaceous types like wisteria can strangle trees and shrubs. Instead, consider honeysuckle, Kolomitka vine, cardinal flowers, sweet pea or trumpet creeper.
Some vines feature tendrils that coiled around narrow supports while others, like clematis, are equipped with leaf stalks that act like tendrils. If you give Virginia Creeper enough support, it will produce tendrils that allow it to climb unsupported.
Fragrant vines are a good choice for decorating a patio or around the deck where you munch on barbecued chicken and ribs. Hardy fragrant vines include star jasmine and good old wisteria. Those who can handle it should also consider a rose vines that will make eating on your patio seem like dining in a floral shop.
Vines can be used for covering up unsightly blemishes in your yard or unfortunate decisions in your landscaping. Consider these vines to be like putting makeup on most Hollywood actresses. What is covered up may not necessarily be ugly, but it certainly can’t match the look of the vines that you use to cover up.
Poles and pillars that are part of your landscaping are great for showing off your vines. Sweet pea, pole beans, morning glory and clematis all can work wonders by climbing up and around any poles or pillars you have situated in the garden.