Whether draping an arbor, twining through a trellis, or clambering over a wall, vine plants soften structures and add a sense of romance to the garden.
Here’s why: Vines and vine plants are the garden’s most flexible members. Unlike trees and shrubs, which have fairly rigid stems, the stems of most vine plants, climbing plants, and flowering vines can be guided to grow where you want them. You can train them to grow upward or outward on a flat, vertical surface; up and around a tree trunk; or up and over an arbor.
Planting vines is perfect for creating a cozy haven under a gazebo or hiding an eyesore of a fence. Many vine plants, like ivy, perform alternative duty as ground cover. Some climbing plants have tendril, some use aerial roots, and some employ suction-cuplike holdfasts. While other vine plants simply laze about; they only climb if tied to a support. Many flowering vines—like the Cup-of-gold vine and Jasmine—have showy blooms that add a pop of color to your garden. There are dozens of vine varieties to choose from, from the evergreen Bougainvillea to the annual Sweet pea. Here, we help you select the best flowering vines and climbing plants for your garden.