Printer Friendly

Speedy vines.

In a hurry for summer color? Chances are your nursery has a morning glory or black-eyed Susan vine already growing in a container. Just pop it into the ground or a large pot and watch it race to the sky. You'll have a tower of flowers in no time.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Containerized summer vines are a growing trend, thanks to innovative wholesale growers like Log House Plants in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The firm was one of the first to supply nurseries with starter plants, giving gardeners a faster option than sowing seeds. The vines listed on page 87 are the most widely available. Look for them in 4-inch, 1-gallon, even 5-gallon sizes.

Give your plant a sunny location, moderate water, and some type of support. If transplanting into the ground, plant near an existing arbor, pergola, or fence or make a tepee of bamboo poles. If you prefer to start annuals from seed, sow directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed.

RELATED ARTICLE: Nine great summer bloomers

Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata). Dark-throated tubular flowers in shades of orange, peach, pink, yellow, or white. Reaches 10 feet tall.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Bow tie vine (Dalechampia dioscoreifolia; also sold as Costa Rican butterfly vine). Showy purple bracts enclose tiny yellow flowers. Needs adequate warmth for abundant bloom. Tolerates light shade. To 16-25 feet.

Canary creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum). Feathery, bright yellow blooms. Prefers light shade. To 15 feet.

Climbing snapdragon (Asarina scandens). Tubular flowers in shades of purple, rose, or white. Great choice for containers. To 4-8 feet.

Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens). Large, bell-shaped flowers in rosy purple or white. Vigorous growth; to 25 feet.

Hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab). Purple flowers shaped like sweet pea blossoms are followed by magenta pods. To 10 feet.

Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor). Cheery, bell-shaped flowers in blue, pink, red, white, and many variations. To 8-15 feet.

Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus). Scarlet flowers are followed by edible bean pods. To 15 feet.

Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). Tubular flowers open red and fade to orange and cream. To 15 feet.
COPYRIGHT 2005 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2005 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:TREND; gardening
Author:Cohoon, Sharon
Publication:Sunset
Date:Apr 1, 2005
Words:352
Previous Article:Rustling roses: start new plants from roses you discover on your travels.
Next Article:Lusher look.
Topics:


Related Articles
Overhead, on a fence, in a container ... versatile flowering vines.
Evergreen and colorful, these vines thrive on heat.
Space-saving watermelons.
Grow a floral fantasy.
Year-round Color.
Side-yard solutions: ways to make use of this overlooked space. (Garden).
Vertical gardens: how to decorate and disguise backyard walls.
A man's north Eugene garden overflows with fruit at harvest time.
January: what to do in Northern California.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters