Bring your Garden to new heights
Are you looking to bring your garden to colourful new heights?? In this world of small properties and limited outdoor space sometimes the only way to garden is to go vertically. While there are tones of options in vines often the quickest solutions to clinging colour are annual vines. Here are some of my favourite growers:
Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia Alta)
From sun to part shade this vigorous vine quickly climbs to great heights offering arrow shaped leaves and orange or yellow blooms with brilliant dark centres. Propagation via seed or cutting.
Moon Vine (Ipomoea Alba) –I’m planting Moon Vine by my pool this year
It should come to no surprise that with a name like “Moon Flower” this annual vine only opens it large fragrant white blooms at night. This full sun lover is most likely found only in seed and is the perfect addition to a garden for those who work long days and enjoy sipping a glass of wine outdoors at night.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea Purpurea)
From poles to trellis, arbours to fences Morning Glory is a true climber in fact its one of the fastest growing. With trumpet shaped flowers in blue, pink and sometimes white this vine is a traditional favourite to quickly screen out a neighbour’s unsightly yard. Plant in full sun available in seed or 4” pots.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus Odoratus) –Frank’s absolute favourite
From roadside ditch banks to formal gardens Sweet Pea will grow almost anywhere and in fact will reseed itself from year to year. Sweet Pea can be directly sow outdoors in sun or part shade making this old-time favourite easy to grow and easy to enjoy with fragrant pink, white, red, blue, purple and even cream flowers.
Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus Coccineus)
Edible and enjoyable! The bean-producing vine with vibrant red flower clusters, an easy grower that can be directly sown outdoors. Plant in full sun, Scarlet Runner is not only great in the vegetable garden but brilliant in large containers with an obelisk and under-planted with Dahlia Dahlietta Sunrise Cherry, Nastursums; and Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Terra Cotta’ or Diascia Whisper Pumpkin.
Patio Tropical Vines:
From bougainvillea, passion flower (passiflora incarnata), to Mandevilla tropical vines can also be colourful quick solutions to that boring wall or entrance containers however these do tend to be a lot pricier. In order to stretch the bloom for your buck bring indoors before first frost in fall in place in a bright room to over winter. I would also recommend spraying with Safers 3 in 1 before bringing indoors to insure no critters come in with it.
Often overlooked annuals vines are your quickest way to move the colour of your garden up a few notches this season!! So like our parent once said it’s time to GROW UP!!!!
Tip: Waiting for your trumpet vine or Wisteria to bloom. Underplant them this season with morning glory. Morning Glory will give you colour this season while you wait for the others to establish themselves.
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