Climbing Vines are Great in Window Boxes

Vines are long trailing plants that originate from one spot and grow thin far reaching stems rather than tall straight ones. They will grab on to anything close to it by sending out thin tendrils that grasps their surrounds and provide the plant the ability to move up and out without a strong stem. If you remove vines from there support they will hang down like long threads covered in leaves. When allowed to grow and climb from their root, they will eventually cover anything they can get attached to. For a gardener this can be a wonderful or a cursed thing. It may be a welcome vine that adds beauty or it may be a hard to kill weed.

Selecting flower seeds for a flower garden can be an overwhelming project given the wide variety of seeds to be found in free seed catalogs from nurseries and garden centers all over the country. The vegetable seeds and flowers you select will only be limited by your imagination and garden space.

There are a variety of different gardens you might plant ranging from container gardens, flower gardens, vegetable seeds gardens, hanging baskets, butterfly gardens, window boxes, wildflower gardens, rock gardens, fruit trees, hummingbird gardens, fragrance gardens and climbing vines.

Free seed catalogs offer a great selection of climbing vines that are great for use in window boxes, as ground cover, on trellis screens and in hanging baskets. Some  you might use in your garden include; black-eyed susan, cardinal climbers, cypress vines, hyacinths bean, mina lobata, moonflowers, five-leaf akebia, climbing hydrangeas, morning glories, virginia creepers and sweet peas.

Climbing vines are wonderful when planted near entrances and underneath windows, adding a colorful and visually pleasing effect. They can often benefit with the addition of some garden accessories such as trellis’, arbors, window boxes and hanging baskets.

For Vines That Just Don’t Want to Climb…

You may need to use twine, soft strips of cloth, or strips of old pantyhose to tie the stems to the support structure to get them started. Fasten the tie to the support first with a knot, then loop it loosely around the stem of the plant to prevent any damage to it, and finally tie with another knot.

The following are clinging vines which need string, netting, or a trellis for support.

  • Glory Vine (Eccremocarpus scaber)
  • Passion Vine (Passiflora caerulea)
  • Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

The following are twining vines, which will wrap around lamp posts, mail box posts, railings and decks.

  • Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)
  • Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit cardinalis)
  • Dutchman’s Pipe, Calico Flower (Aristolochia elegans)
  • Hyacinth Bean (Dolichos lablab)
  • Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor)
  • Scarlet Runner Bean

Vine Gardening

There are vines in all types of gardens. Many flowers will grow in vines that can be encouraged to cover walls or archways. They add a green cover to the area when they are not in bloom. Most people will advise you to provide a trellis for them rather than allow them to attach to your walls. As it grows away from it’s root it will attempt to start new roots where the vine makes contact. This can be very damaging to walls or brickwork if you ever want to remove the plants.

Welcome vines that are well cared for can help you to create a garden oasis full of shade and even fresh fruits. Grapes are an interesting vine that will provide you will a nice harvest if you nurture them well. Annual vines from free seed catalogs, like pumpkin can amaze you in the size of leaves and produce they can provide in one short growing season.