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How to Grow Vines in Your Landscape

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Vines add a fast-growing vertical dimension to your landscape, scaling fences, walls and garden structures. Because of this, they block wind and absorb sound. They can also provide privacy and shade.

Vines climb three different ways:

Twining vines, such as wisteria, honeysuckle and morning glory, twist their stems around objects as they grow upward. Most twining vines grow super fast, so they need sturdy poles, arbors or pergolas as supports. Structures clad with twining vines look great as a focal point for a raised bed or as a garden entryway.

Tendril vines, such as clematis, grapes, and passionflower, use tendrils to reach out and grab trellises, latticework or chain-link fence. Plant them at the base of anything you want to adorn-or cover up-with flowers and foliage.

Clinging vines, such English ivy, Virginia creeper, and trumpet vine, have aerial roots that stick to solid objects and can work themselves into small crevices. Clinging vines can drape a wall or side of a garage in lush foliage, creating an all-green backdrop for other plants.

A word of caution: Don't grow clinging vines on a surface that needs regular painting because they're hard to remove. And avoid planting these climbers on brick or stucco; they can cause damage when removed.

Planting vines is easy. You can grow vines from seeds or transplants. Follow the planting instructions on the seed pack or plant tag. Just make sure they have something to latch onto after they sprout.

If you're new to vines, try growing an annual vine such as morning glory, cardinal creeper or pole beans on a trellis. Or make an easy and inexpensive structure from three pieces of wood. Attach them at the top with wrapped wire or twine to make a tepee vine support.

Every landscape can use a vertical lift. Ask your Lowe's garden center expert for suggestions about which vines would do best in your yard. With the flowering and leafy talents of annual and perennial vines, your garden can scale new heights.