Fast-Growing Vines for the Garden

In several other posts, I have written about the network of fences and arbors that I have built to surround my garden Here:

Jacki Kellum Garden May 5, 2017

In the above photo, you see the tall arbor that I built most recently. It is still a work in progress. I planted several clematises on this arbor, but they need a season to grow.

Jacki Kellum Garden May 29, 2017

On May 29, I began building shorter picket fences within the taller fences and arbors. I needed shorter fences to stake my tall German iris plants. Here:

Two years ago, I had planted a Coral Honeysuckle vine, and it has been twining around my tall bird feeder pole, which is behind part of the picket fence that I built. Coral honeysuckle needs full sun and acidic soils, and when its needs are met, it grows and blooms prolifically.

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Since mid-May, green hummingbirds have fed from my coral honeysuckle vine.


Coral honeysuckle(Lonicera sempervirens) Zones 4-9

Coral Honeysuckle blooms from May through September or October in Zone 7. Be sure to have your support ready when you plant this jewel. If it is planted in the correct conditions, it will grow up to 10 or 15 feet tall. My Coral Honeysuckle is at least 15 feet tall.

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Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet Autumn Clematis should grow to a height of 30′  I planted a Sweet Autumn in 2016, but it did not live. I’ll try it again in 2017.

Hops Growing at The Cloisters in New York City

On May 20, 2017, I visited The Cloisters in New York City, and a massive hops plant was growing there. The hops plant is used in making beer, and it can grow up to 12 inches a day, reaching a height of 25 feet.

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Hops Fower- During the summer, the female hops plants produce chartreuse green cones.

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Moonflowers are relatives of the morning glory plants, but this species blooms at night. This vine can grow as high as 25′ tall.

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Morning Glory

One of the fondest of my childhood memories was an arbor in my grandmother’s back garden. Every summer, it was covered with morning glory vines, and for many years, it was the most exotic thing that I saw growing. When I was about 5-years-old, I married a neighbor boy. We stood beneath my grandmother’s morning glory arch.

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Hydrangea Vine

Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris is slow getting started, but it is a massive vine that even grows in the shade. The Hydrangea Vine has suckers that enable it to scale walls and tree trunks, and it can cib to a height of 50 feet tall. During the early summer, it produces clusters of small, white, fragrant flowers.

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Orange Trumpet Creeper

Orange Trumpet Creeper can reach heights of up to 40 feet. Once it is established, it grows vigorously, and it can even become a nuisance. I planted a trumpet creeper two years ago, and my vine has only grown a few feet, and it has never bloomed. Admittedly, I move the plant every year. Hummingbirds also love to sip from the trumpet-like cups of this vine.

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Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creepers love my natural and shady garden. It reminds me of camp, and I have been hesitant to control it before now, but in places, my house is 3 stories tall and I have Virginia Creeper vines that have reached the top of my house PLUS. Virginia Creeper attaches itself with suckers.

©Jacki Kellum May 29, 2017









2 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m a vine lover. The only vine you’ve listed that I would hesitate to grow is the trumpet creeper and that’s only because I saw what it did to my mother’s screened-in porch. I do think it’s beautiful. I have Virginia creeper, and coral honeysuckles (great vine). I just ordered a hydrangea vine, but it’s a hybrid with pink blooms, and for that it gives up its fragrance (boo-hiss!). Not that you ask, but I have both a potted Confederate star jasmine and Amethyst Falls wisteria (not so aggressive) that are waiting to go on my arbor that has yet to be built. I don’t have the building skills you possess. Wish I did! Fun post!

    1. jackikellum says:

      I have Amethyst Falls Wisteria, too. I forgot about it. It is currently buried on an arbor behind my pond, It has not begun to bloom this year. I may have overwhelmed it.
      By the way, my building skills are hit or miss. I just do it.

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