Vines That Grow Wild With White Flowers

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Vines That Grow Wild With White Flowers
Sweet autumn clematis bursts with white flowers in late summer. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many vines -- long, flexible stems that seek out support from sturdy structures -- come alive with delicate white flowers. These climbing plants make attractive additions to outdoor fences, trellises and other areas that need brightening from white blooms. Keep this, as well as how tall or fast your plant will grow, in mind as you decide which white flowering vine you want to add to your garden.

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Clematis vitalba is a white-flowering vine native to north Africa, southwest Asia and Europe, but it has recently been introduced to the United States. Also known as traveller's joy or old man's beard, this wild clematis variety is a deciduous climbing vine with bright green leaves and clusters of star-shaped blossoms that resemble the flowers of Arabian jasmine and bloom all summer long. Clematis vitalba has proved a highly invasive species, but Clematis ligusticifolia is flowering vine native to North America that looks nearly identical to C. vitalba, but is not as invasive.

Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea is a deciduous climbing vine that can grow to reach heights of up to 50 feet, and each summer it blooms in clusters of white, fragrant flowers. The flat, lace-cap flowers of the climbing hydrangea vine are lacelike specimens that grow to about 5 inches in diameter with showier, sterile flowers on the edge surrounding smaller white flowers in the centre. Climbing hydrangea vines are great for bringing white flowers into shady areas of a garden, as they thrive growing along the ground, wrapping around trees or adorning arbors and trellises.

Common Jasmine

Common white jasmine, scientific name Jasminum officinale, is a hardy, relatively problem-free perennial with fragrant white flowers that grows profusely throughout temperate areas, sometimes up to 2 feet per year. Also known as poet's jasmine, this plant can be grown as a shrub or a vine, the latter of which requires support to branch out and flourish. The stark white, aromatic flowers grow up to an inch in diameter and bloom summer through fall to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.

Moonflower Vines

The moonflower, evening glory or moon vine, scientific name Ipomoea alba, is a species of nocturnal morning glory that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Named after its large, fragrant blossoms that are reminiscent of a full moon, from which this night-blooming plant gets its name, the moonflower vine grows quickly and can produce flowers in as little as two months. These flowering vines can grow to reach heights of up to 100 feet, have heart-shaped leaves and will produce white, trumpet-shaped flowers that open at dusk, summer through the first frosts.

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