Annual vines for shade

Choosing the ideal trellis plants that flower can be a challenging decision. There are plenty of climbing plants and flowering vines for growing on a trellis system.

Each of the flowering vines has their own beauty and characteristics.

There are many creative ideas and products on how to mix flowers and give your garden and property a beautiful accent.

To make your garden entrance attractive, use flowering vines with dark foliage with flowers in multiple colors to attract the butterfly.

You don’t need to spend three days to build a trellis. Divide the whole project into three stages: measuring the size of the trellis, combining the panels, and installing them into the ground.

Some wood source and unusual items that make great trellis materials include:

  • Wood trellis (wood cedar or pressure-treated wood)
  • Old fishing net
  • Cucumber trellis
  • Willow trellis
  • Antique headboard trellis
  • Kee klamp pipe fittings
  • PVC pipe
  • Stakes and posts

While wood trellis makes a great design to your garden, metal trellis or trellis wire gives additional security.

More about: Is pressure treated wood safe for vegetable gardens?

You can try sturdy beam and bar, or powder-coated steel. You can even use a tomato trellis. Read on to learn more about different trellis flowers and ideas.

10 Of The Best Flowering Trellis Plants and Vines For Vertical Gardening:

#1 – Jewel of Africa Nasturtium

These flowering Nasturtium vines are available in shades of orange, maroon, salmon, yellow, apricot and red. With high appealing, colorful flowers and green leaves, this vine resembles a stunning painting.

The Nasturtium vine will flourish and bloom in full sun. Their blooming season is from June – September hardy in USDA zones of 10b and 11A.

They are easy to grow and do well if maintained as recommended making them one of the best climbing plants.

#2 – Mandevilla

How to care for Mandevilla?

Mandevilla plant vines are sun-lovers and grow upward with the help of tendrils. You won’t waste time tying up the climbing shoots. Provide convenient trellis panels or an arbor, the plant will do the rest.

Mandevilla blossoms are 3.5″ inches and come in deep reds, mandevilla pink, and white flower colors. Their flowers appear during the spring-summer season.

NOTE: Mandevilla vines can be overwintered.

#3 – Campsis Radicans

This flowering vine has trumpet-shaped flowers which made it be known as Trumpet creeper vine.

The flowers have a yellow throat and turn their color from orange to red.

The attractive colors of the trumpet vine attract hummingbirds to the flower garden. They are ideal for a vine for pergolas, on a trellis, and arches as they are best climbers.

They can reach up to a height of 25 to 45 ft. For it to bloom, the vine has to receive full sunlight, but the leaves can still do well in the partial shade.

One of the best plants for trellis.

#4 – Henryi Clematis

This vine offers a striking view in the summer as they have gorgeous daisy-shaped flowers and dark green foliage.

The vine plants grow best under direct sunlight. Flowers start to appear in early summer. They can be seen throughout the summer season.

The Henryi Clematis reaches a height of 6 ft. and a spread of 3 feet to 5 feet. Its flowers are absolutely splendid with creamy color and a darkened center. It’s a favorite among the gardeners.

#5 – Clematis

For those who want a Clematis vine for your arbor or trellis, you’ll have to settle for the taller varieties of clematis.

They start to bloom during the early spring and can grow intensively; after one season, the entire structure will be covered in Clematis.

They are pretty easy to grow and require little maintenance… but they are fast-growing flowering vines.

So much so that at the end of the year, your garden will be covered by the colorful and intriguing flowers of this vine.

Learn about Clematis Jackmanii growing and care.

#6 – Zephirine Drouhin Rose

These vine flowers have inimitable roses on them and are among the best climbers. They have thorn-less canes and have a gorgeous burgundy color that will make your garden stunning.

Because of their flexible canes, these vines are widely used to decorate the garden as they are easy to wrap around the arches or pergolas in the garden. They grow to a height of 15 feet.

They bloom well even in the shade. Therefore, if your garden doesn’t experience enough sunlight, then Zephirine Drouhin Rose can be a suitable choice for your garden.

#7 – Morning Glory

They are saucer-shaped flowers and bloom early in the morning hence the name “Morning Glory”. Their striking beauty makes Morning Glories an ideal decorating vine and flower for any garden trellis design.

They have heart-shaped leaves that have a length of 4″-5″ inches. They appear in shades of red, blue, yellow, and purple colors. This purple vines plant can reach up a height of 10 ft depending on the growing conditions.

They thrive in subtropical and temperate regions and areas with dry soil. Growing them is not much of hassle as long as you plant them in a place with plenty of direct sunlight.

#8 – Bougainvillea

For those looking for something floriferous, colorful, and bright in their flower or vegetable gardens, the Bougainvillea plant can be an ideal choice.

These plants can be used as hedges, grown as bushes, on fences and tied to a trellis. Plants can grow to a height of 20 feet depending on the variety.

They are considered the ideal climbing flowers for shade. If well-maintained and taken care of, the Bougainvillea can be one of the brightest and striking plants in your garden. They put on a real show when grown in full sun!

It’s most preferred by garden lovers because of its pest and disease resistant qualities.

Whether planted in a small container or left to climb on a wire fencing or garden trellis, Bougainvillea plant will spread with full stylishness overflowing your arches and trellises.

They grow well in climates of Florida and California. They don’t thrive in excess rainfall and cold weather. Their ideal growing season in America is spring through fall.

#9 – Blue Moon Wisteria

The Blue Moon Wisteria blooms vigorously in spring in shades of red, purple, blue, and white color. It can reach a height of up 15-29 ft and spread to a width of 4-8ft.

The vine starts blossoming in the 3rd year of its planting and requires direct sunlight.

They thrive well in slightly acidic, well-drained and fertile ground. During the onset of spring, you can add superphosphate to it to stimulate the growth of flowers.

It needs to be properly supported if you are growing it on a trellis and should have ample space. They call for a lot of maintenance and are ideal plants to grow on the pergola.

#10 – Black-Eyed Susan Vine

Many people love to grow black-eyed Susans because they are fast growing and add a little drama to your garden, thanks to their solid black eye. They blossom in shades of white, sunny yellow or bold color.

They are easy to grow from seeds, and can attain a height of 6-8 feet. They prefer direct sunlight and make wonderful trellis plants.

#11 – Bridal Veil Vine Plant Stephanotis

The “Bridal Veil Vine Plant” or Madagascar Jasmine is always in demand due to its waxy, sweet fragrance of the umbel-like clusters of white flowers.

Free blooming vines, Stephanotis floribunda, blooms in summer. A woody twiner with good habits, very attractive when plants are allowed to climb high.

Excellent as a graceful greenhouse vine.

Thick dark green leaves, studded with funnel or trumpet-shaped flowers.

Grow as a specimen plant in a container climbing a trellis or trained onto a wire frame ball-shaped looks amazing.

#12 – Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) – deep green leaves with bright yellow edges. Ideal for a large sturdy trellis.

The large, white flowers are showy. Slow growing when young.

They grow best on the north or west sides of a building where they do not get too much sun in early Spring.

Protect the young plants for several years during the Winter.

#13 – Passiflora Vine

The passion vine boasts a complex flower structure that always turns heads.

Once you experience the beauty of passion vine blooms you will never forget them.

No other flower looks like a passion flower.

Passiflora caerulea, the most well known blue passion flower, quickly cover a plant trellis and is the most readily available passion vine, found in garden centers.

Runner Up Flower Vines For Trellis

Other flowering vines that do well on trellises include:

  • Tomato plants
  • Jasmines
  • Cobaea (Cup and saucer vine)
  • Clytostoma Callistegioides (lavender trumpet vine)
  • Sweet Pea
  • Quisqualis Indica – Rangoon Creeper
  • Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii)
  • Snail Vine
  • Grape vine
  • Dutchman’s Pipe
  • Beans
  • Cucumbers

Tips And (Abuses) – Using Climbing Trellis Plants

Sometimes trellis vines are used improperly. The climbing plants with flowers alone is beautiful, but the vine on the trellis becomes a weed.

According to Dr. L. H. Bailey, “A weed, is a plant out of place.”

Avoid the following uses of vines:

  • Do not conceal pleasing architecture with heavy vines. It is never attractive when decorative doorways, attractive cornices, well-made fences and pergolas become completely smothered with vines.
  • Do not plant a close clinging vine with the hope of obscuring the bad lines of poor architecture; this only emphasizes the monstrosity. Use a vine of a billowy nature to help camouflage the true lines of the wall.
  • Never plant a flower trellis with an “untested” vine in the front yard. Try them out back as some will succeed and produce the desired effect.
  • Never attempt to hide that which is best removed. If there is an eyesore, remove or remodel it. The best a climber can do is to hide the ugly appearance for a few months each year.
  • Never use fan-shaped trellises or similar supports in the center of a lawn area. Keep the fan-trellis at the sides, near the boundary.
  • Vines with showy flowers look best on small trellises.
  • Never leave a space bare because the vine you planted is a slow grower. Tuck a few seeds of a rapid growing annual into the soil next to the permanent one. Morning-glories work well while you wait. Take care, never allow the annual to overpower the slower, permanent vines.
  • When using wooden trellis structures requiring painting from year to year, use “trainable” climbers on a trellis. Clinging vines will need to be pulled away from the wood every few years, after which only the young shoots will cling.
  • Choose colors intelligently. With neutral or soft-toned houses brighter colored flowers are more brilliant. Crimson Roses and Jackmani Clematis will clash with the color of a red brick house. Use few varieties of climbing Roses in any one place unless the colors blend or harmonize.
  • Homeowners often choose rapid growers and large-leaved climbers to cover porches which are too small. One frequently sees a Honeysuckle making a small porch a mere wilderness of growth which shuts out the light and air.
  • Roses are not adapted to every situation. Unless the growing conditions are more or less ideal, use some other climber.
  • Clematis, especially the large-flowered varieties, require a situation which is not subject to frequent traffic of men or pels near the plants, as the brittle stems readily break near the roots.

9 Tips For Pruning & Training Trellis Plant and Vines

Do not judge the quality of a vine by the length of the branches, but by their number. Good vines are cut back to encourage branching.

A few simple observations of the way vines grow will provide lots of detail on how they should be trained and the amount of growth you should remove each year.

All pruning should be done to preserve the naturalness of the plants.

Perhaps you noticed the various ways in which climbers grow, and how they behave when cut back. Briefly stated, the principles of pruning and training are as follows:

  • Any pruning of the branches causes the remaining ones to grow more quickly, especially when this is done early in Spring or immediately after flowering.
  • Any pruning of the roots is apt to “check” the growth of leaves and branches. This sometimes results in the woody plants blooming more profusely. This is especially advisable for Wistarias which often grow too vigorously, but are shy or tardy blooming. The plant attempts to grow its own way, producing trailing branches if that be its nature, or upright shoots if that is its natural habit. Therefore, in pruning keep the natural habit of the plant in mind.
  • There is usually a tendency on the part of the plants to start growth from the uppermost buds sometimes to the extent of causing the bases of the plants to be bare of leaves. Tie some long shoots down toward the base in order for the plants may be clothed in leaves and blooms from top to bottom. When vines are seen, such as Clematis and Roses, which are a mass of bloom from top to base, the branches have usually been trained from the top downward.
  • Generally, horizontal shoots produce more bloom than those growing vertically. It is wise, for this reason, to train certain long shoots of Wistarias and Roses horizontally upon the vine trellis or cornice of the house.
  • Twiners and most plants which climb by their own efforts grow best when they can wrap themselves around the support or grasp it. Provide a suitable support of small diameter near the soil to which they can cling as soon as growth starts. Many sorts languish if they find no support. Such plants as the various sorts of Euonymus may be kept dwarf and shrubby if not given something to ascend. This is one reason why some homeowners complain that Euonymus is slow growing.
  • Some plants grow toward the light and others away from it. We can overcome the natural tendencies to some extent by tying them where we want them. Trellis vine growth is often greatly influenced by the support available, but frequently only half of a flowering lattice is covered unless we tie some branches into place.
  • Many of the woody climbers must gain some age before growing rapidly and do not bloom profusely until that age is reached.
  • There is always a gradual renewal of wood and some branches die out from time to time. This is due neither to insects nor disease, but to old age.

How to Prune Climbing Trellis Flowers and Vines

With the above observations in mind, you can prune plants intelligently using the following rules are safely followed:

  • Prune all early flowering, woody climbers after they finish flowering, not in early Spring. All branches tipped back at this time will result in a loss of bloom. Forsythia, or Goldenbells, is an example. They open their flowers before the leaves and makes no growth until after flowering. Then, if pruned immediately, the plant responds with vigorous flowering wood for the next year.
  • Prune each shoot back to an eye, or another branch, and do not leave a stub. When there is no leaf above this stub, it will rapidly die back, the decay often extending down into a healthy branch.
  • Prune out all dead or weak wood for this same reason.
  • Prune all late flowering vines in Spring, as they produce their blossoms on long stems which have grown during the present season of bloom. Often such plants produce showy fruits which should not be removed. An excellent example is the Celastrus, or Bittersweet, which requires Spring pruning.
  • Too heavy pruning will cause unnaturally vigorous and unsightly growth, lacking in gracefulness and blooming ability. On the other hand, do not let a vine master you. Prune out all you wish, and to check its rampages, prune the roots by digging deeply around them with a spade.
  • Evergreen sorts require little pruning, but if done, Springtime is best, as the pruned ends are speedily covered by growth.
  • It is always best to remove all fading flowers (deadheading) because they are not only unsightly but take a considerable amount of strength away from the plants to produce seed.

The Bottom Line

To build trellises for climbing vines, make sure you have the knowledge of the projected heights and widths of the plants so that you can know how to space them out.

Whatever material you chose, whether it’s a pre-made trellis planter box, an arbor, tomato cage, garden obelisk powder coated metal, trellis netting, cross pieces or plastic trellis, its success depends on the kinds of plants to come along with it.

Consider having contrasting or complementary colors to add uniqueness and appealing look to your garden.

With the help of may step-by-step instructions online, you can also do a DIY trellis for a more personalized garden project.

Annual Climbing Vines: Using Fast Growing Vines In The Landscape

If you’re short on room to garden, take advantage of vertical spaces by growing annual vines. You can even find drought tolerant vines and annual vines for shade. Many flower prolifically and some are fragrant. Fast growing vines with showy flowers can also hide a problem area in your landscape and quickly provide privacy when properly located.

Growing Annual Climbing Vines

A range of annual climbing vines are available to grow on a trellis, an unsightly wall or the fence that you share with neighbors. Annual climbing vines can also grow in containers or in the ground. Fast growing vines need little encouragement to climb, but may need training to grow in the right direction. Annual vines usually climb through the use of tendrils or twining.

When growing annual vines, an inexpensive way of getting plant material is to start them from seed. Fast growing vines can also be started from cuttings, which normally root easily and grow rapidly. While you may not find the plants at your local garden center, sources for seeds of fast growing annual vines are readily available on the web. If a friend or neighbor has an established annual vine, ask for cuttings or the seeds, which usually produce in abundance.

Fast Growing Vines

There are numerous types of annual vines you can grow in the landscape each year. A few examples of fast growing annual vines include:

  • Hyacinth bean vine
  • Moonflower
  • Black eyed Susan vine
  • Mandevilla
  • Scarlet runner bean
  • Cypress vine
  • Morning glory

Most of these vines grow well in a variety of soils and full sun to part shade conditions.

Annual Vines for Shade

Annual vines for shade include ornamental sweet potato vine, a rapid grower that comes in green or purple. Try a combination of the two colors to decorate a large shady area.

Other annual vines to try for shady sites include:

  • Canary vine – will tolerate partial shade
  • Black eyed susan vine – can handle part shade
  • Grass pea – can be planted in part shade
  • Cypress vine – tolerates some shade

Drought Tolerant Annual Vines

Of the more common drought tolerant annual vines found growing in the landscape, the two most popular include climbing nasturtium and its cousin, canary creeper.

Once established, most annual climbers need little care, although they benefit from pruning to keep them in bounds. Experiment with inexpensive, annual climbing vines in your landscape and you will have found a solution to many of your gardening dilemmas.

Plant of the Week

Mandevilla – among the largest and showiest blooms that show color non-stop from spring through fall! The blooms are set off by luxurious, dark green foliage on this chubby vine. Utterly thrives in heat and dry conditions. Treat these beauties as an annual, and when cool weather of winter arrives, trim them back and overwinter indoors in a sunny window.

Top 9 Annual Blooming Vines that Climb with Gusto

Fast-growing annual vines. Climbing plants so easy to grow that beginners are won over to them, and with so much color that professional gardeners love them, too!

Color, lots and lots of color, is oh-so-easy with these annual vines. Many are difficult to keep at the garden center because of their fast-growing tendrils that become a mess. However, they easy to start by seed as a gardener. For the price of a seed packet you have vining annual flowers that can take over structures, grow through other plants, and cascade down hanging baskets. (The perennial vines like clematis, honeysuckle, and trumpet vine rival annuals in beauty, but take time to become established. I will cover the hardiest perennial vines in a later column. ) Below are my top picks of the local favorites that have proven themselves worthy to call our mountains “home”.

1. Mandevilla(Sun Parasol)- has flowers that are among the largest and showiest blooms with non-stop color from spring through fall! The blooms are set off by luxurious, dark green foliage on chubby vines. They do well in large containers, in raised beds, growing up a trellis, and as a vine that dresses up that ho-hum mailbox. Stems will grow long and twining, but can be kept trimmed to a more bushy shape, which encourages maximum flowering. Water well when first planted, but once established, let them dry out between watering. They utterly thrive in heat and dry conditions! Treat these beauties as an annual, and when cool weather of winter arrives, trim them back and let them overwinter indoors in a sunny window.

2. Black Eyed Susan Vine(Thunbergia alata)is a short vine that grows well in acontainer. The silver dollar-sized yellow and orange flowers have a dark center, resembling black eyed Susans. You can often find the plants sold in hanging baskets. While they do well in small containers, put into a large container or transplanting into the ground encourages this vine to a really impressive size.

3 Canary Creeper(Tropaeolum peregrinum)is a late season bloomer, starting in July and going through October. Its yellow inch across flowers resemble feathery birds. The foliage is very attractive, with deeply divided palm-shaped leaves. A vigorous grower, but like its nasturtium cousins, it needs something to climb up like a fence or deck railings. It also looks good simply scrambling through other plants.

4. Climbing Snapdragon(Asarina)Although sharing a name and with remarkably similar flowers, this climber is not a true snapdragon. The free-flowering vine is great in containers and spilling over walls. The vines will twine around strings and trellises and can be cut back if flowering fades. Climbing snapdragons can even be grown as houseplants. Flowers come in red, pink, lavender, and blue with speckled white chins.

5. Cup and Saucer Vine(Cobaea scandens)These unusual looking flowers are sweetly scented. With delicate tendrils the vines gently attach themselves to supports. The actual flower, in lavenders and white, is the “cup”, surrounded by a “saucer” or collar of green calyx. Cup and Saucer vines take a while to start blooming, so it helps to start them early, indoors. For some reason, the flat seeds germinate better when planted on their edges. This makes them less prone to rot.

6. Ornamental Gourdisn’t grown for its flowers, but for its seed pods or gourds. There are a good variety of gourds that grow easily in just a few months. Many people let the vines sprawl on the ground, like squash, but if you are growing them for decoration, they will remain cleaner and less pest prone if you give them a structure to climb. A pergola or arbor looks especially whimsical with the vines growing across it, and the gourds dangling overhead. Many of varieties are easy to dry to be used as decorations and crafts, like a gourd birdhouse.

7. Purple Hyacinth Bean(Lablab purpureus) Every thing about this vine is riotous color. The heart shaped leaves have purple veining on the under-sides with stems that are in shades of deep purple. The profuse blooms are a rich lavender and the glossy bean pods are a day-glow purple. At one time this plant was an important foraged food source, but now it mostly is grown as an ornamental. The vines grow quickly and start flowering early with gusto. Flowers taper off, as the pods begin to form, but the plants remain attractive and continue spiraling upward.

8. Scarlet Runner Bean(Phaseolus coccineus) makes a nice eating bean when harvested young. However, as there are better-tasting beans, this variety is grown mainly for its beautiful flowers and showy bean pods. Once you try this plant in the garden you will understand why it’s earned its strong reputation as a popular flowering show vine.

The vines can get long and heavy very quickly, so they must be provided a strong support. Although Scarlet Runner is commonly available, there are many other runner beans available in shades of red, pink, white, and combinations of colors. ‘Painted Lady’ has a soft red and white flower and the vines can tolerate heat better than most runner beans. ‘Moonlight’ is a pure white flower that produces one of the better-tasting, stringless runner bean pods.

9. Sweet Pea(Lathyrus odoratus)vines look deceptively fragile. However, they are tough little vines that favor the cooler temperatures of spring and fall in the mountains. The flowers are known for their heavy, sweet fragrance, but not all new cultivars are heavily scented. For specific details be sure to read the plant tag before purchasing.

Sweet peas make great cut flowers, and the more they’re cut, the longer the vines bloom. My favorite way to use sweet peas is in my vegetable garden planted with my pole beans. Their blossoms entice bees and other pollinating insects into the garden, while adding their lovely colors and delicate fragrance.

Until next week, I’ll see you in the Garden Center.

Annual Flowering Vines

There are many annual flowering vines to choose from that can offer quick, colorful, temporary cover for garden structures. All of these vines are easy to grow from seed and can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before they are needed for the garden. Because many of them are tender, it is suggested that they be put out after all danger of frost is past and soils are warm. Most annual vines attach themselves by either twinning or with tendrils so chain-link fences, wire, or thin strips of wood make good supports.

Morning Glory – Ipomoea tricolor

A vigorous and easy vine to grow from seed either started indoors or direct sown in the garden. Seed will germinate quickly if soaked in water for 24 hours prior to planting. Will quickly cover structures. Does best in full sun location and in soils where fertility is kept to a minimum. Many colors to choose from ranging from blue, white, red and bicolor. Flowers open in morning and fade by evening. Will reseed heavily. Many cultivars to choose from. Interesting variegated foliage forms available such as ‘Good Morning’ series and ‘Cameo Elegance’.

Spanish Flag/Mina Lobata – Ipomoea lobata

A vigorous vine with unique trifoliate leaves and multicolored flowers of yellow and red. Continuous flowering all summer in a full sun location. A morning glory relative.

Moonflower – Ipomoea alba

A large-leaved vine growing to 12-15 feet. Large white flowers start out as twisted buds and open toward late afternoon and evening. Very fragrant. Because this vine needs a long growing season it is best to start seeds indoors and transplant when weather is warm. It does best in a full sun location with ample moisture and fertility. Spectacular vine for the evening garden. Another morning glory relative.

Cypress Vine – Ipomea quamoclit

Small vine growing to 6-10 feet with very fine textured fern-like foliage. Crimson tubular red flowers that attract hummingbirds. Flowers tend to close in direct sun and are open in early morning and toward sundown. Best in full sun location.

Hyacinth Bean – Dolichos lablab

A vigorous vine growing to 30 feet. Large purple veined leaves with burgundy stems. Wisteria-like purple to white flowers followed by flat, glossy red pods. Soak seeds overnight in warm water prior to sowing seeds for quicker germination. Prefers a full sun location.

Scarlet Runner Bean – Phaseolus coccineus

Vine growing to 20 feet with bright green leaves and sprays of flame red pea-like flowers. Pods that form after flowering may grow to 12 inches long and turn a black mottled color with purple highlights. Pods are edible if harvested when only 2-3 inches long. Prefers a full sun location and moisture for best appearance.

Black-eyed Susan Vine – Thunbergia alata

A small vine growing to 6-8 feet and good for climbing trellises or in hanging baskets. Easy from direct sown seed. Flower colors range from white to orange to red with very dark to black centers. They tend to prefer and do better in a cooler location that provides them with a little bit of partial shade. Continuous bloomer. Look for ‘Susie Orange’, ‘Susie Yellow’ and ‘Arizona Dark Red’.

Love-in-a-Puff Vine – Cardiospermum halicacabum

An interesting and fun vine to grow in a sunny location. Vine grows to 8-10 feet. Interesting foliage and small, white insignificant flowers followed by puff ball like fruit containing seeds with heart-shaped markings on them.

Gourds – Cucurbita pepo

Easy to grow vines producing ornamental fruit that can be used fresh or dried for decoration. Sizes shapes and colors are very interesting. Plant in full sun and after all danger of frost is past in warm soil. Many will need a substantial support to carry the fruit load.

Passion Flower – Passiflora sp.

A tropical vine that can easily be grown in a large container with a substantial support. Plant prefers a full sun location and will produce exotic flowers in a variety of colors. Usually purchased as small plants from garden centers. At the end of the season and before frost vine can be brought into a cool, dark location and overwintered as a dormant plant. Cut back in spring and set out when weather warms. Does best with ample moisture and fertility.

Bougainvillea – Bougainvillea spectabilis

A tropical vine that is best used as a container vine trained on a trellis or as a hanging basket plant. The colorful papery blooms are actually colored leaves called bracts. Plants prefer full sun and moist well drained soil. They also flower better when they become pot bound so don’t repot too frequent and when it is done be careful not to damage the roots. Can be overwintered as a dormant plant in a cool, dry location. Before growth starts in spring prune back to control growth.

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