Trying to pinpoint the popularity behind climbers is about as easy as untangling a morning glory vine. It could be their carefree growing habits. Maybe it's the way they add vertical interest to a garden. Or perhaps it's their ability to scale small structures in a single season. Whatever the reason, vines and climbers continue to mesmerize seasoned and beginning gardeners alike.
Here are 10 vines that will scramble for the sky, leaving you amazed by their strength, color and ability to grow.
- Climbing Hydrangea
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris
An amazing vine with large showy flower clusters, it's a strong grower that will climb a wall or tree and can also be used as a groundcover. This perennial also attracts hummingbirds in late spring to early summer.
- Morning Glory, 'Grandpa Ott's'
At home in a very romantic garden, this delicate flowered vine looks great on a fence or trellis. It blooms rich royal purple with velvet petals, a bright rose star and a pink throat.
- Porcelainberry 'Elegans'
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata "Elegans"
This vine is best known for its pea-size lavender berries, which are at their best in autumn. The leaf color of this perennial is mostly green with pink hues, blooming in midsummer.
- Sweet Autumn Clematis
A heavy, flowering plant that will produce thousands of blooms even it its first year. Another plus from this perennial: It blooms in the fall when all new flowers are welcome.
- Morning Glory, 'Heavenly Blue'
The most planted morning glory for a reason: bright blue flowers and heart-shaped leaves brighten up the garden for the entire summer and into the early fall. This annual also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Jasmine Tobacco
Nicotiana alata 'Grandiflora'
With sweetly fragrant, star-shaped flowers that fill the air with a warm sweetness, this annual will not only brighten your day, but will also bring you its lovely scent through late spring to mid-autumn.
- Honeysuckle 'Aureoreticulata'
Lonicera japonica "Aureoreticulata"
This perennial blooms with white flowers that are flushed with pink and turn creamy yellow as they age. Bloom time is early to late summer.
- Cup and Saucer Vine
Literally producing a show for all onlookers, this vine starts out with green, five-cornered, papery buds, then opens to reveal the green saucer and bell shaped flower. The pale green flower becomes striped with violet, finally changing to deep purple. This annual blooms from spring to fall.
- Hop 'Aureus'
Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
A showy perennial vine with bright golden yellow leaves that attracts butterflies and is also deer resistant. It is a vigorous grower that has eccentric little flowers resembling pinecones.
- Trumpet Honeysuckle
Fragrant, scarlet-red blooms allow this easy perennial to come with a vengeance each year. An excellent choice for covering chain-link fences and other eyesores, this lush vine blooms from early to midsummer.