Vines

Parthenocissus tricuspidata   Other Name Wall ivy   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color The blooms are insignificant. Mostly grown for bright red fall foliage color   Mature Height x Spread up to 50 feet x 5 to 10 feet   Added Benefits seasonal color, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This vigorous perennial vine is commonly found on the walls of brick buildings through out New England. The “Ivy League” refers to the Boston ivy vines often found on buildings at Harvard, […]

Learn how to grow clematis including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Clematis spp and hybrids   Other Name Virgin’s bower   Sun Requirements full, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to fall depending on the variety, in colors including white, pink, blue, red, yellow and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 20 feet x 2 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   This romantic, fast growing vine comes in a wide variety of flower colors, shapes and […]

Lonicera sempervirens   Other Name trumpet honeysuckle   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early to mid summer in colors such as red, orange and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 10 to 20 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, native, deer resistant   This climbing version of the widely grown, native honeysuckle has the beauty and toughness of the bush honeysuckles, with a climbing habit that makes it a great plant for pergolas, arbors […]

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris   Other Name Hydrangea, climbing   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to early summer with white flat flowers.   Mature Height x Spread 30 to 50 feet x 5 to 8 feet   Added Benefits Attracts beneficials   This strong, woody deciduous vine has beautiful, dark green, glossy leaves and large, white, flat flowers in early summer. Unlike many other vines, climbing hydrangea can flower in part shade. Like ivy, it attaches itself using holdfasts or small […]

Learn about poison ivy, including the best and safest ways to control it. Listen to podcast: For as long as I can remember, each summer I get some amount of poison ivy rash. Poison ivy is best identified by the “leaves of three, let them be,” rhyme. It grows as an aggressive ground cover and up trees. I once saw a whole tree enveloped in poison ivy vines. I stayed away! It’s best to avoid contact with leaves, stems and roots since the chemical urushiol can stay active for months […]

Learn about selecting the right varieties and growing hardy kiwis in your garden. Listen to Podcast: I’m Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Growing fruit is becoming more popular and many gardeners are experimenting with some exotics too. Well, it doesn’t get any more exotic in the fruit world than the kiwi. But I’m not talking about the fuzzy, tropical kiwi, but the hardy kiwi. With bald green, sweet tasting fruits about the size of a grape, the hardy kiwi is a tough, aggressive vine that produces […]

Mandevilla x amabilis   Other Name Chilean jasmine   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid to late summer to fall in colors such as pink, red, white, and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 10 feet x 1 foot   Added Benefits Attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   This climbing tropical vine is native to South America and a perennial in warmer climates. In New England it’s mostly grown as an annual and/or houseplant since it will die with the first frost. […]

Learn about growing morning glories including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Ipomoea tricolor   Other Name Common morning glory   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid summer until fall in colors of blue, pink, red, white, purple, and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 15 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds   Morning glories are popular annual vines for growing up a fence, arbor, trellis or arch. There are also selections that […]

Campsis radicans   Other Name trumpet creeper   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid summer to fall with red, orange or yellow flowers   Mature Height x Spread 10 to 30 feet x 5 to 10 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, deer resistant   This aggressive, woody vine produces large clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, prized by hummingbirds. The flowers give way to bean-shaped pods. It also has attractive, long dark green leaves made of 7, 9 or […]

Parthenocissus quinquefolia   Other Name woodbine   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade, full shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Virginia creeper has insignificant blooms. It’s mostly grown for its colorful foliage and berries   Mature Height x Spread 30 to 50 feet x 5 to 10 feet   Added Benefits native, fall color, deer resistant   This aggressive deciduous vine is similar to Boston ivy in that it’s mostly grown for the colorful leaves in fall and the blue berries that form in summer. The biggest […]

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