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5 Suggestions On How to Use Vines in Landscaping

This news story was published on May 22, 2020.
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Every landscape is known to have a lot of things that give it structure and the overall beauty. Vines are also not left out as they are great additions to any garden landscape. The best thing about vines is that you can shape them into various forms you find fitting in your space as they are flexible. So, with vines, you will also add character and interest to your landscape in a myriad of ways. Therefore, you must get creative on the ways you would like to incorporate the vines into your garden. As you read on, you will find various suggestions that will give you ideas on how to use vines in landscaping. 

  1.   Mix and Match 

As you jumpstart to a fabulous, vine filled garden. One suggestion that most people practice with vines is trying the mix and match option as a way of using vines in landscaping. Although the idea of it seems messy and almost impossible, when you try it, the outcome is lovely. However, you must plan well if you aim to get that beautiful botanical arrangement. So, to have a good result with this mix and match approach, instead of an eyesore of an arrangement, ensure that the vine species you choose are those with several different colors, such as the pink, purple, and white clematis flowering vine. Optionally, you can try the white, orange, and pink bougainvillea’s as they are also in different colors. Ensure you plant them next to one another either in the pot or ground. The trellis must be strong enough so that it can support all of them at once. Other vines that grow well together are the white, red, and pink climbing roses and the red, yellow, and white trumpet vines, among others.

  1.   Vines for petal showers

Isn’t it a beautiful sight when you see a wisteria petal shower. Among the many vines known, a wisteria vine is an amazing option if you need to incorporate a vine with a beautiful petal shower in your landscape. When the Wisteria vine is fully mature, you will love the petal shower in early summer every year, and it will be a delightful sight in your garden. To get these petal showers, ensure the trellis is put where there is full sun and aim for at least up to hundred square feet of growing space. Make sure it is sturdy as the wisteria vines are heavy when they mature. Others such as the climbing roses and climbing hydrangeas, will also create the petal shower effect. These are great alternatives if you do not need one that has no massive arbor to support. Nonetheless, the wisteria petals still win with the petal shower display. 

  1.   Accessorize your trees with vines 


If in your landscape you already have trees, use the shade-loving vines as a great way to spruce up and beautify the trunk of the tree. Among the many species available, consider the beautiful clematis vine, jasmine, honeysuckle, climbing hydrangea, and others, that have gorgeous foliage, flowers and have a modest growth habit. However, for this approach of using vines in your landscape, avoid using aggressive shade vines like the ivy as they will smother the tree as they grow right into the canopy. To start using vines to accessorize trees it’s possible as shown in many gardening sites. However, if you have a tree with lower branches, it is the best for the vine to grab on to, other than this, there are many ways you can use vines to spruce up your trees no matter how far the branches may be.

4.    Add hanging fruit garden vines 

Do you love how calabash gourds look decorative while hanging overhead a trellis in a landscape? Then, you will love the amazing effect that edible vines will yield when you incorporate them into your garden landscape. Some popular examples that you can experiment with are kiwi, grapes, or even passion fruit. So, once you decide the fruit garden vine you want in your garden, then you can check the strength of the trellis that is needed as the vines weigh differently. For instance, if you prefer pole beans for the edible vines, they are light, and you can even support them with a string. On the other hand, for grapes, you may need steel or a massive wooden structure. Ensure that these vines are in full sun so that they thrive better, and you can have them over a patio, as an awning-like extension from the house, or on a backyard pergola. 

5.    Have vine trees 

Finally, you can decide to have vine trees as your way of incorporating vines into your landscape. For instance, climbing roses, Wisteria, and grapes are popular vine trees. Alternatively, you can have trumpet vines, although they are not trees you can train these perennial vines into a tree-like form since they have such thick and woody stems. As you start your vine trees, you require stout structures to start and a post of steel or wood with other horizontal supports too. Then with continuous care and maintenance as it grows, you can remove the support eventually. Optionally, if there is an old specimen already growing on a trellis, cut it to the main truck and remove the support. Such vines, in most instances, get a wild, gnarly look that is visually striking. 

To sum up, there are many ways to take vines to another level to add beauty and interest in your garden. When it comes to incorporating vines, due to their flexibility you can use many creative ways like the above. Also, you can use a twining vine to wrap itself around cables that are arranged in a pattern on a wall to give an attractive look. Some gardeners use vines as ground covers if maintained at a lower height and you practice regular pruning. Try any that you feel is right for your landscape and enjoy the benefits of a vine in your garden.

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