Trellised plants have many uses in the landscape. Trellises are often less expensive than privacy fences and once filled with plants, they perform many of the same functions. Use them to create private areas, screen out unsightly views and reduce noise. There are many vines that grow well on trellises.
Blue Trumpet Vine
Blue trumpet vine, also called clock vine, sky flower and sky vine, has lavender blue flowers bloom in late summer and early fall. The vines grow up to 30 feet tall in frost-free areas and up to 8 feet when grown as annuals in colder zones. Blue trumpet vines need a rich, organic soil and full sun or partial shade. The vines grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11, but are grown as annuals in colder regions.
A vigorous vine, Jasmine has white or pale pink flowers that bloom from spring until fall. The fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The vines grow up to 30 feet high and 15 feet wide, and requires frequent pruning to keep the size contained. The plants need sun or partial shade and average soil. Jasmine grows as a perennial in USDA Hardiness Zones seven to 10 but will not survive the winter in colder regions.
Cypress vine has bright red flowers that bloom from summer until fall. This annual vine grows up to 20 feet high has fernlike foliage and a twining habit. The showy flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Cypress vine grows in all but the coldest areas. The plants need full sun and an average soil.
Blue passionflower is a perennial with unusual white and purple flowers. The fragrant flowers bloom from midsummer to fall and attract butterflies. Attractive, edible fruits called maypops may appear in midsummer. The vines grow up to 8 feet high and spread up to 6 feet. Blue passionflower grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9, but it will not survive an exceptionally cold winter in some parts of Zone 5. The plants need full sun or partial shade and an average soil.
People grow the perennial vine actinidia primarily for its colourful foliage and kiwi fruit. Male plants have the best foliage colour, and female plants need a male nearby to produce fruit. The foliage hides the insignificant, tiny flowers. The vines grow up to 20 feet tall in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. The plants need full sun or part shade and an average, well-drained soil.
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