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Evergreen and colorful, these vines thrive on heat.

Evergreen and colorful, these vines thrive on heat Framing an entry, draping a pillar, or rambling along the ground, rambunctious flowering vines can bring dazzling color to Western gardens. With only minimal initial training, these rampant growers (to 20 feet or more) will twine and tumble across any sturdy support. Periodic pinching or shearing keeps them in bounds.

All the vines listed here thrive in heat. Their lush green foliage belies a tolerance to drought once plants are established. In mild climates, they're evergreen, but a cold snap below 26[degrees] to 28[degrees] will make bougainvillea and pink trumpet vine (shown on page 148) drop their leaves.

Depending on which one you choose, you can have profuse bloom for one to several months in spring, throughout the warm season, or from late summer to fall. By combining several vines, you can have color masses for much of the year.

Pick a site in full sun

Plant frost-tender bougainvillea, bower vine, and pink trumpet vine in spring> other vines mentioned here can be planted any time. Treat delicate bougainvillea roots carefully when transplanting (cut cans and gently lift out). Water young vines regularly to get them established. Once vines are the size you want, you can slow growth by cutting back on water.

To secure young growth up vertical walls or pillars, use vine staples, stretch tape, or wires fastened to eye screws> eventually an overhang or arbor can provide the support. To train vines across an entry, suspend several wires or clothesline overhead so tendrils can twine around them.

Colorful bloomers for any season

In hot inland areas, give Carolina jessamine and star jasmine afternoon shade.

Spring bloomers: Carolina jessamine (Sunset climate zones 8 through 24), Lady Banks' rose (4 through 24), star jasmine (8 through 24).

Long-season bloomers: blood red trumpet vine (8,9, 14 through 24), bougainvillea (12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21 through 24), bower vine (16 through 24), Hall's honeysuckle (2 through 24), potato vine (8, 9, 12 through 24).

Fall bloomers: Cape honeysuckle (12, 13, 16, 18 through 24), pink trumpet vine (9, 12, 13, 19 through 24).
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