Vines provide the grace of a
casual air. From scent to color to the ability to hide a fence or soften a wall
there is a place for these plants.
They can make a scene look tropical even when
it is in a decidedly colder or drier clime, or they can take on the character of an Oxford ivy,
grapes, or wisteria and provide some old world grace.
It is common for them to have a slow start, languishing for a year or more before
coming into their own. I was told a story about a particularly recalcitrant wisteria
that had provided only foliage for 14 years. When it came time to tent the house for
termites the owner had them cover the wisteria as well. The following year and every
year after that it bloomed like mad. I am sure that it didn't care for another dose.
Thought must be given to the temperament of the vine species when choosing one.
Many of them grow almost obscenely fast once they are established. Others develop a
huge amount of weight that must be designed into the support system. Many of them
need seasonal maintenance so access to these behemoths should also be considered.
Akebia quinata * Chocolate vine
Aristolochia littoralis *
Beaumontia grandiflora *
Easter Lily Vine
Clematis armandii * evergreen
Clerodendrum thomsoniae *
Bleeding Heart Vine
Distictis rivers * Trumpet Vine
Dolichos lablab * Hyacinth Bean
Hibbertia scandens * Guinea Gold
Hoya carnosa * Wax Vine