Vines make great accents to the garden and are divided into two separate classes, annual and perennial. Perrennial is also referred to as ‘hardy’ or ‘woody’ since they remain year round and typically grow a tough woody vine.
Planting a Vine
When you transplant a vine in your garden you should dig a hole in the ground that is about two feet deep and two feet across on all sides. Separate each plant by about three to six feet. Make sure that you’ve tilled the soil at the base of the hole so that the plants roots can move through it easily when growing and so that the plant gets good drainage.
Fill in around the plant with good, highly fertilized soil. Lots of aged manure and ground bone will help out here. Try not to place the vine where water will drip on it after each rain or snowfall. This constant wetness on the foliage can kill off the plant. However if you have a vine against a sunny wall or trellis you will need to make sure that you water it regularly as it will get more dried out than other plants in the sun.
Foliage, Fruit and Flowers
Hardy or Perennial vines are divided into three classes, foliage, fruit and flowering. Pick out a vine depending on which type of plant you prefer in your garden and which type of vine will go well with the rest of your garden scheme.
Ivies are predominantly considered foliage plants and there are many kinds of Ivy to choose from. Boston Ivy is the fastest growing and it will cling well to structures such as masonery walls. Geranium Ivy has small leaves and creates a light trace work of vine on surfaces where you are looking to create interesting patterns. English Ivy can be used as a vine or as a low growing shrub when you take a cutting from the flowering part of the vine.
A common flowering vine is American Bittersweet. Its something of a crossover as many of the vines are since it has both flowers and fruit. After all the point of flowers is pollinate the plant and create fruits. American Bittersweet has a nice heavy foliage, and orange-red berries that are used in decoration.
Another flowering vine is also extremely popular is Virgin’s-Bower. It has prolific amounts of white fragrant flowers and interesting downy seed pods. All types of Honeysuckle vines make excellent and very sweetly frangranted flowers. Do watch out for the insects that they might draw.
Other flowering and fruiting vines are;
- China Fleece Vine-is a fast grower and produces loads of white flowers in fall.
- Perennial Sweet Pea-this veggie vine can get to be eight feet tall and its flowers are pale pinkish white blossoms.
- The Trumpet Creeper-will grow very tall at ten feet high and it has very bright red blooms.
- Balloonvine-can get to be ten feet tall with small white blooms and like its name small balloon like seed pods.
- Gourd-is a vine that can get to be twenty feet, and it is grown for its curious gourd-like fruits.
There are numerous types of vines and plants that are trained to vine out there. The type you pick for your garden can perfectly match your needs and desires.