Planting Vines with Flowers in the Garden

Landscaping with Climbing Flowering Vines

How you can use vines with flowers to enhance any garden design. Tips for mixing climbing flowering vines with other plants in the home landscape. The best climbing vines for arbors. Types of vines that play well with others.


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Garden Design Tip:

The judicious use of the color green is what makes this planting scheme work.

Green is to a garden what black is to a wardrobe; the neutral accented and brought to life by the other hues.

The hot pink rambling rose clambering across the white picket fence at the back of this stunning perennial garden is a perfect example of the best way to use climbers and vines in the landscape.

Like most flower vines in full flush, the rose is show-stopping in its own right; but it doesn't steal the show.  Instead, it acts as a backdrop to the rest of the planting, its color blending harmoniously with the purple and rose flower heads of the perennial border plants sited nearby.

Note the use of foliage plants here: the low box hedge, and the lolipop topiary.

Smart gardeners know that foliage is more important than bloom in any garden.  It's always there.  The flowers come and go.

Green leaves control a planting by giving the eye a safe place to rest.  Without them, beauty quickly descends into chaos.

But color is important too.  Imagine this vista without the climbing rose.  The garden would still be perfect, but it would be less beautiful.


Combining Climbing Flowering Vines

Here, a 'Golden Showers' rose and a purple Clematis have entered into a contest to see who can reach to top of the privacy fence first.

The Jackman Clematis takes the prize.

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Some vines play so well with others that you can plant two of them in the same hole.  Clematis and climbing roses are a classic pairing.

For another dynamic duo, plant two large flowered Clematis vines with different bloom seasons on the same trellis.  You'll get twice the flowers in the same space.

Most vines play well with others, these three do not: Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans), Wisteria, and rambling roses.

Any companion you plant with them will be first dwarfed, then smothered and swallowed.  Give these over achievers room to themselves and plenty of it.


The Best Vines to Use on Arbors

Mandevilla clothes a simple hoop.

Annual vines or perennial vines that are not too heavy when mature are most suitable for growing on garden arches.

Click here to see a List of Perennial Vines with Flowers

Most of the plants listed on the linked page will cover an arbor in fine style.  Heavyweights like Wisteria, 'Lady Banks' roses, and other ramblers will need the support of a sturdy pergola or a large tree.

Another thing to consider when planting flower vines on arbors is this: How much of the structure will be showing at various times during the year?

For instance, the pink 'Alice du Pont' in the picture above is completely hiding the hoop it is twinging around, right now

Mandevilla vines are hardy in zones 9-11.  In zone 9, they will not be evergreen, so the support would be visible during the winter and early spring.  In cold climates, the fast growing vine could be grown as an annual, but that would leave the hoop exposed for a few more weeks.

A more ornate support might be preferable in these situations.



Related Pages:

Garden Arbor and Swing Set

Wood Arbors

Metal Arbors

Ideas for Landscaping Around a Garden Arbor

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