You’ve probably been admiring all the beautiful green and flowering vines blooming all over San Diego County this time of year. Lady Banks' Roses are bursting with cheery yellow blossoms, lush Lavender Trumpet Vine are draped over garden walls and Wisteria are winding their way across arbors. Here at Evergreen Nursery you’ll find a wide variety of climbing vines for all seasons. Below are a few things to consider before bringing your new plants home:
All vines spread and climb, but they have different methods of securing themselves in the environment. Knowing how they climb will help you decide what type of support they need. Vines such as Creeping Fig have adhesive discs at the end of tendrils that allow them to attach to a flat wall. Others like English Ivy have aerial roots that grab onto surfaces and cling securely to rough surfaces like concrete walls. Many fruit bearing vines such as Grape Vines use tendrils to hold onto their support – these do well on wire trellises. Others like Bower Vine and Black-Eyed Susan Vine have twining stems that weave in and out of structures and do well on fences, wooden trellises and arbors. Make sure you choose the appropriate type of support for the vine you choose.
How Much Space Will You Need?
Before planting your vine, be sure to consider the size of the vine when mature. Take note of nearby plants and be ready to control the growth of your vine to keep it from invading its neighbors. Large vines can also get very heavy. They have a way of pulling over trellises or sliding off a wall under their own weight if not secured properly. Make sure the support you choose is in place before you plant, and sturdy enough for a fully-grown plant. Remember your support will need to withstand the weather season after season – it is very difficult to repaint or replace a vine-covered arbor!
Training and Pruning
Maintaining your vine within your desired location is an ongoing process. New stems may need to be tied to control the direction of growth. Cut back wayward stems to maintain the shape of your vine. Woody vines like Wisteria should be pruned in the fall or winter, while soft-stemmed vines can be cut back any time throughout the growing season.
Vines are wonderful plants for adding beauty and privacy, covering unsightly areas, and adorning arbors and trellises. Many vines like Star Jasmine also make attractive groundcovers when allowed to spread freely on banks and other open areas. To browse a selection of our vines and climbers and learn more about them, check out our recent flip book, Vines.