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Flowering Vines are climbing plants that offer a colorful show of both leaves and blooms, usually in early spring and summer seasons. Often used to cover fences and walls, perennial flowering vines are also beneficial for attracting a variety of butterflies and hummingbirds to gardens in the blooming season. Flowering vines are very well loved for their beauty. Plant near a trellis or allow them to climb fences or walls for an exquisite look. They also adapt well in most climates and are super hardy not requiring a lot of care. Vines are the #1 plant for soil erosion.
Hummingbird vine, also known as trumpet vine, is a climbing plant whose trumpet-shaped flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds. If you decide to plant a beautiful trumpet vine in your yard, be prepared to see hummingbirds every day throughout the summer. The hummingbird, or trumpet vine, grows rather quickly to cover fences, trellises, walls, or any other structure with a vibrant, green curtain of leaves and bright-colored flowers.
Why are Hummingbirds Drawn to Trumpet Vine?
The specific shape of the flowers on trumpet vine is meant to keep the rich nectar out of reach regarding most insects and birds, except bees and hummingbirds. Although both hummingbirds and bees are primary pollinators of these plants, hummingbirds appear to get the majority of the attention. The flowers of the trumpet vine perfectly accommodate the hummingbirds' long-probing tongues and slender beaks. Every time the bird sticks it small head into a flower, it pollinates the next flower that attracts it.
The flower of the trumpet vine is ideal for attracting numerous hummingbirds to the general landscape. The exquisite tubular-shaped flowers have a wide range of color, including reds, oranges, and yellows. The vine plant will bloom all throughout the summer and into early fall, although shady areas may not bloom as well as sunlight vines. After it flowers, the vines produce pretty seedpods that look similar to beans.
Growing Hummingbird Vines
Hummingbird vines are incredibly easy to grow and thrive in both the sun and semi-shade. Even though the vine prefers an excellent well-draining soil, the flowers are resilient and flexible enough to adjust to virtually any kind of land and will readily grow. Take care not to plant the vines too close to your home since the creeping roots can work their way under your home's shingles and cause significant damage to the foundation as well.
A fence or trellis works excellently as a supportive structure for growing hummingbird vines. But, don't let the vines climb on your trees since it can result in strangulating them.
Caring for Hummingbird Vines
Hummingbird vines don't require any fertilizer and should only be watered as needed since the grapes tend to grow rather vigorously on their own. Once established, the grapes are virtually maintenance-free for the most part. However, minimal maintenance does involve pruning the vines from time to time. Hummingbird vine should be pruned on a regular basis to keep it under control. Pruning should be done once a year, preferably in the spring and can be clipped back considerably to only a few buds for excellent results.