Vines and Climbers
A GardenWise Adventure with Vines
Vines can play a key role in a garden space. These wonderful and adventurous climbing plants create vertical interest as they wrap themselves around garden elements, such as gazebos, arbors and trellises, adding new dimensions and important focal points. They can also soften architecture and disguise areas that aren’t fully developed. Strategically placed, vines can also hide areas that are out of our control, such as a neighbor’s unsightly yard!
One of my favorites, clematis had large and showy flowers, and is a real show stopper. Another favorite is trumpet vine with its red and orange tubular flowers, which is also native to the greater DC area. An added bonus? Trumpet Vine attracts hummingbirds, always awelcome guest in my garden areas. They prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.
If there are no architectural elements in your garden, vines, such as clematis, can also be used as ground cover, which can replace some lawn areas, giving you an additional “green” garden step that will help you save money on watering.