Amazing Annual Vines
Create color, texture, and privacy in your garden
Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata). This fast-growing, twining vine grows 5 to 8 feet tall and has vibrant orange, yellow, or white flower. Full sun.
Cardinal climber (Ipomoea x multifida). This vigorous twining vine grows 20 feet tall and produces deep red flowers with white or yellow throats from summer to fall. Full sun.
Corkscrew vine (Vigna caracalla). This sweetly scented twining vine (also called snail vine) produces silvery blooms with lavender-pink, coiled centers and curved outer petals that look like seashells. Clusters of blooms grow 12 inches long; the vine grows 25 feet tall.
Cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit). This twining vine has lacy, fern-like foliage. Grows 20 feet tall in full sun and produces star-shaped red, pink, and white flowers.
Hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus). This striking vine produces fragrant purple flowers followed by velvety purple bean pods. Grows best in full sun in hot weather and grows 20 feet tall.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:52 PM
Could you please tell me if the corkscrew vine grows in partial shade?
Monday, March 28, 2011 4:31 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:45 AM
im looking for a perfect plant or plants to use as fencing for priviticy. I cannot put up a fence because it would hve to be 4 feet on my yard and my neighbour gets the good side not fair but town law. so im looking for something that can act like a fence but will not be concerd a fence cause it is plants. I also have a shallow ditch on property line so it is moist soil. any suggestion.
Monday, July 11, 2011 1:07 PM
You did not say what part of the country you live in, but have you thought about bamboo? It is slow growing. Likes water. Some varieties will grow twenty feet, but I think there are shorter ones. Caution, they will form a hard raised stump in the ground that you will have to grind out if you ever want to get rid of them. I think they will grow north as well. I plan to plant some in Mo. with a ditch as well. I also planted some when I lived in Florida and watered it frequently. They sound lovely when the wind blows.
Monday, July 11, 2011 1:09 PM
I am planting morning glories. They like light but may be in part shade. The moonflower produces large white flowers that open at night and smell beautiful.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:24 PM
A makeshift trellis of wire & string with an evergreen vine makes a great "fence" you can make it as long & tall as you like. Try a flowering vine such as violet trumpet vine.
Monday, July 18, 2011 10:55 PM
I don't know where the person lives that say bamboo is a slow growing plant. But, if you live in Louisiana, let me tell you, it grows fast!!!!!! And after just a few seasons, there is a communal root bulb to deal with. I planted just 1 (one) 6" pot. After 3 years, I removed a 4x4 area of bamboo, and had a 6x6 area of this "bulb"! And it was at least a foot long! It took many days to remove. Have you thought about Pampas grass? You can plant so that they meet, and some have beautiful "flowers". (And they hide the ugly ditch as well).
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:41 AM
I live in Virginia, which is zone 7 my thought for your issue, are some crype mrytle they come in a variety of colors you can let them grow naturally and they look like a bush or trim them and they will take on a tree like shape. I personally like the tree shape, they can get up to 40 ft tall if they are not cut back yearly.
as far as the bamboo is concerned in our zone that stuff spreads like wild fire I wouldn't think that is what you are looking for. My neighbor and I both have crype mrytles and she keeps her's natural bush shape as a divider on our property line and I trim mine for the tall tree look up closer to my house . Hers are planted about 4 or 6 foot apart and they touch one another to make a "fence" if that's the right way to describe it. I on the other hand planted mine 10 to 12 ft apart and they are beautiful the begin blooming in early july and last nearly to sept. One thing you must keep up with is Japanese Beetles (they love them ) they will eat all the buds off if allowed but if you don't have a problem with grubs in your yard them more then likely you won't have the beetles.
Please be aware that they trees, shrubs whichever you want to call it do not fare well in the northern regions.
Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:58 PM
Does anyone know anything about the "Goji Berry" vine? Do I water them heavey if I plant around a sunny stumb kind of dry point, in this part of my Louisiana yard? What are your thoughts? I think I live in zone 8 but some maps put me in zone 9. I on northside of the lake Poncitrain?
Friday, July 22, 2011 12:43 PM
I mean lake Pontchartrain, my bad.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:02 AM
So where do you get the Goji Berry vine? I'm on the North Shore too in Abita Springs. Does it make a pretty flower?
Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:57 PM
I have found the best price from Michigan Bulb, but I have not bought any from other mail catalog gardening books. To be truthful what Michigan Bulb usually delivers are small plants, but they have a lifetime garentee. They will replace anything they sell, if it dies. Most gardening catalogs have a one year garentee and you need your old mailing order papers. Goji berry fruit has the same good benfits as the crane berry. I am in Bush. I have yet, to have that green thumb touch because I have not found a place in my yard for this type of vine. Happy gardening and may God Bless you.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 10:45 AM
Morning glories! I have pink and blue. They will grow anywhere! They seed off and come back year after year. Can be very invasive but you can train them on anything. I live in michigan
Friday, July 29, 2011 7:12 AM
I FELL IN LOVE WITH CREPT MYRTLE MANY YEARS AGO... ABOUT 15 YRS AGO. I PLANTED 12 ON MY PROPERTY, THEY BLOOM TWICE A YEAR. I LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA... ZONE -8. THEY MUST COME IN DIFFERENT HEIGHTS. I HAVE 4 THAT ARE TALLER THAN MY HOUSE. I HAVE ONE NEAR MY PRIVATE BACKYARD LIGHT POST AND IT HAS TOTALLY BLOCKED MY LIGHTING. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL TREES BUT KEEP THEM TRIM, IF NOT THEY WILL REACH FOR THE STARS...
DOES CREPE MYRTLES HAVE A RUNNING VINE ? I WOULD LIKE TO TRY A RUNNING VINE.
Friday, July 29, 2011 7:25 AM
A PLANT CALL RED TIPS... DON'T KNOW ITS SCIENTIFIC NAME. RED TIPS MAKES WONDERFUL HEDGES. JUST KEEP THEM TRIM OR THEY WILL TURN INTO TREES REACHING FOR THE STARS. THEY REMIND ME OF AZALEAS BUT THEY DO NOT BLOOM. THE LEAVES TIPS TURN RED IN THE SPRING AND I THINK FALL NOT CERTAIN. YOU WILL HAVE PRIVACY WITH THESE HEDGES... ITS A BEAUTIFUL SHOW WHEN THE TIPS TURNS RED... ZONE-8.
Friday, July 29, 2011 3:34 PM
Today is the last good planting day i n July 29, 2011 for seed beds. And the last good day for root crops according to Almanac Calender.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 2:12 PM
@JOAN826, I think you are thinking of Red Tip Photinias. :)
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 3:01 AM
@ Itsmemrwood and cphillipe: Hello, northshore neighbors! (You're officially zone 8, by the way--zone 9 starts in NOLA.) I'm on the southshore, and yes, I tried growing Goji berries from seed. I liked the idea of growing an "exotic" fruit that was crazy high in antioxidants. Failed DISMALLY!! However, my mom got a Michigan Bulb Co plant this spring, and although it has yet to grow much, we're not giving up. At least it's still alive! Keep your eyes peeled to the Lousiana forum over the next few months, and I'll let you know if it takes off!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 11:33 AM
Thank you cphillipe, I look forward to learning more and wish and pray your mom much success. I read recently, that the fruit brusies very easy. It will trun from that bright orangey-red to black just by picking them off the vine. May God you.
Friday, August 05, 2011 6:58 PM
Thank you nolagirl, I am pleased to share with y'all. Happy Gardening. And may God Bless You.