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Overhead, on a fence, in a container ... versatile flowering vines.

When space is limited and you want masses of bloom, consider gardening up the walls with flowering vines. Nurseries offer a wide selection in bloom now; many varieties will perform through summer.

Here we show three ways vine collector Bob Jones uses them in his garden in Cupertino, California. In addition to covering most fences and walls, he grows vines over arbors, in pots, and even lets less rambunctious kinds weave through shrubs and trees. Pinching every three to four weeks during active growth plus heavy pruning during dormancy or soon after peak bloom -keeps vines from smothering each other and other plants.

Among the easiest vines to train in small spaces are these: deciduous clematis, hardenbergia, ivy geraniums, flame honeysuckle (Lonicera heckrottii), Mandevilla 'Alice du Pont', star jasmine, Cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis), and most annuals from seeds (including canary vine, morning glory, scarlet runner bean).

Other vines can fill a larger space-a wall or fence- though hard annual pruning and frequent pinching can keep them confined. Try bougainvillea, most common trumpet vines (Campsis, Clytostoma, Distictis), passion vine, and wisteria.
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