Flowering Vines for a Garden Arbor
Flowering vines can really add to the beauty and functionality of a home landscape. If you are considering using a temporary arch in your wedding plans, buy one that can be reused in your home garden. In a previous article we discussed three of the most common landscape vines used to grow on arbors, pergolas, and decks.
There are many more beautiful flowering vines that can make their home on any garden trellis or support. Flowering vines not only add splashes of color to the landscape but also attract wildlife such as songbirds and hummingbirds.
Here is a sampling of some of those beauties:
Honeysuckle – (Lonicera) There are many forms of the honeysuckle from spreading shrubs to vines. One of the most attractive and commonly used landscape honeysuckles is the Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa). This quick maturing plant blooms from summer until frost and can reach 15-20 feet in height.
Honeysuckle vines prefer at least partial sun to bloom successfully. The vine can be used to make an attractive screen in most places with temperatures similar to US hardiness zones 4-8. It is no surprise that hummingbirds are attracted to sweet smelling nectar of the flowers.
Other widely used species of Lonicera include L. periclymenum (Woodbine), L. japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) and L. sempervirens (Coral Honeysuckle). These vines grow easily, provide quick cover with their dense foliage, and definitely put on a show with their trumpet shaped flowers. Several are considered invasive species if let into the wild and some have mild poisonous berries. But that should not stop most gardeners from enjoying honeysuckle vines in their gardens.
Morning Glory – Morning glories (Ipomoea) are beautiful flowering annual vines that grow quickly on smaller trellises and arbors. As a result of their prolific blooming (and the help of a few visiting bumblebees) they will attempt to spread by dropping many seeds. Although some people report that the heavenly blue varieties are not as vigorous seeders.
Moonflower – The sweet scented moonflower (Ipomoea) is another vine with a flower similar in shape to the morning glory, not surprising as it is related. However its large white blooms open during the evening hours and remain open until dawn. The flowers are short-lived but worth the effort once you witness their magical opening. Moonflowers are used as annuals in the northern climates and are perennials in the more tropical climate south.
Sweet Peas – The Sweetpea (Latyrus) is a quick growing tender vine with fragrant flowers that come in whites and shades of pinks and violets. It is a short vine growing into a waist or chest high flush of foliage and flowers, perfect for the sides of a garden lattice arch. Like a number of plants, beauty comes with a cost. Unlike the peas we eat, the seeds of the sweet pea are poisonous and should not be eaten.
Flowering vines can transform any structure, from a formal white arbor to a rustic cedar lattice, into a festively decorated wedding background or natural landscape focal point.
Vines Beautify Your Garden
An example of perennial vines would be wisteria, gold honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Choosing and Using an Arbor
Some flowering climbers like honeysuckle can add a bit of spice and color to the look of your landscaping picture.
Grow Ipomoea Vines
Moon Vine annual vines have been charming gardeners for centuries as a staple of cottage and heirloom gardens.
About Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae (legumes), native to the eastern Mediterranean region.