Hardiest Flowering Vines
Vines provide many great landscaping functions. They are not only an excellent way to fill vertical spaces, but flowering vines can also offer exciting and exotic colors to a lawn. Many notable, hardy vines can meet your needs even in colder and drier climates.
They are sometimes referred to as the lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, or creeping myrtle. The vinca minor is a fast-growing and low-maintenance vine. It is shade as well as cold-tolerant with minimal water needs. The flowers measure about an inch in diameter and range from purplish-white to a bright shade of medium blue. Vinca will repeatedly bloom from mid-spring to mid-fall and are very showy. When not in bloom, the foliage is dense and evergreen with lovely broad leaves, making it a popular choice, especially in more cooling northern zones. Vinca minor is also notable for its versatility and may also perform as a ground cover and a hanging plant. As a vine, it is shorter than others, but it has an excellent trailing habit that many landscapers find appealing on arbors. Another bonus of vincas is that they are deer and rabbit resistant.
Creeping phlox or vine phlox is another fast-growing vine with showy flowers. It is excellent for drier climates and is even hardy in areas with poor soil. The small, bright white and tube-shaped flowers bloom from the spring and fall, repeatedly blooming during the summer. The blooms contrast brilliantly with the dark green foliage. To have a good vining habit requires more shade, and with the high sun, it will begin to mound rather than climb. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
A honeysuckle vine is an excellent choice for even the most northern of gardeners. Several species hail from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, depending upon the look you want. The showier species tend to be less fragrant. Honeysuckles are most often used for trellises, fences, and arbors where they will have adequate support and not risk choking out other plants. They tolerate shade but produce more flowers when exposed to more sun. The showiest species, the trumpet honeysuckle, is evergreen in warmer climates but becomes deciduous in cooler ones though it is still hardy. It is known to attract hummingbirds and has large, tubular, red flowers with yellow interiors.
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