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A Smaller Vine That Blooms All Summer

15 Jul A Smaller Vine That Blooms All Summer

Posted at 06:51h in Love This! by CL Fornari

Imagine: They wandered through the perennial vines at the garden center, looking at climbing hydrangeas, honeysuckle and wisteria. “These are grow so large,” she said after reading the tags. “And they don’t flower all summer,” he said, after googling the plants’ names. The couple stood in the vine section, looking perplexed.

A garden center employee approached the couple and asked how he could help.

“We want a vine for a small trellis next to our deck,” she said.

“And we’d like something that flowers all summer,” he said.

“Maybe something in bright pink?” she added.

The garden center employee nodded, and motioned them toward the tropical plants. “You want a Mandevilla,” he said with certainty.

And they did.

Name: Mandevilla spp. Aka mandevilla vine

Type of Plant: A tropical vine that many in northern climates grow as an annual. Large, tubular flowers in white, pink, yellow, apricot, or red. Some grow as large vines, and others are more bush-like. All are easy, glorious annuals.

Why I love this: These plants are showy, reliable, and no deadheading. There is a size for every garden, container or structure; some are perfect for hanging baskets, others scramble up obelisks and trellises, and a few are lovely in window boxes and large pots.

A Word to the Wise: When you purchase a Mandevilla vine be sure you’re getting a variety that will grow as large as you want it to. The large vining varieties aren’t suitable for a widow box, for example, and some of the shorter types won’t fill a trellis or arbor. And don’t be confused by the fact that the shorter growing types with shiny leaves are often labeled Diplodenia…this is an old name that is still in circulation. All of these tropical, trumpet-flowering vines are in the genus Mandevilla.

Be sure to grow this plant where it will receive at least five hours of direct sun and fertilize these plants through the summer.

This larger growing Mandevilla has bigger leaves that aren’t very shiny. They can frequently be found already five feet tall, so you can get a jump-start on the summer display. As pictured here, you can combine Mandevilla with other plants in a very large pot.

This particular Mandevilla has shiny leaves and a moderate growth habit.

New colors of Mandevilla are being introduced every year! We can find yellow, apricot, white and many shades of pink in the garden centers every spring and early summer.

Looking for a flowering vine that will bloom all summer? Forget perennial and woody plants…go tropical! Mandevilla vine will delight you all summer long.

If you are searching for a way to improve your vertical space in your garden, then climbing perennials may be a great option to consider. Recently, I decided that I needed more climbing plants in my garden that grow all year long, so I came up with a list of several different options that could improve my color scheme and make my garden smell amazing.

Many of the perennials that we are going to look at are extremely simple to care for, while others take a bit more work to maintain.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the best climbing perennials that I’ve discovered can make any garden look fantastic.

Hydrangea Vine

If you are trying to find a plant that will give you a lot of vertical foliage, the climbing hydrangea vine can grow to be 50 feet in height. It will grow in partial shade and moist, acidic soil. In the springtime, it produces beautiful blooms that are white, pink, blue, or purple in color. This plant originates in Asia, but this plant will grow in zones four through seven in the United States.

Dutchman’s Pipe

Seen growing in zones four through eight, this plant will easily grow to be 20 to 30 feet tall. It will bloom from May through June in most situations, and the blooms will be green, yellow, or purple in color. They grow best in full sun or partial shade conditions, and with a bit of moist soil around their roots. This is a nice looking plant to train up a trellis or a fence.

Passion Flower

The passion flower can grow between 10 and 15 feet tall. It will be seen growing in zones six through 10, and it will create pink, purple, red, blue, and white blooms from midsummer until the first frost of the year. This plant will grow best in full to partial sun, and it likes moist soil, which can either be neutral, slightly acidic, or slightly alkaline.

Clematis is a beautiful blooming plant that can bring colorful blooms and a lovely smell to your garden. It will thrive in zones five through nine, and it can grow in partial sun and full sun. It can grow from eight to 20 feet tall with ease. It can also climb up to 20 feet wide, which will help give you the growth that you need to train it along your fence.

Honeysuckle Vine

Have you ever smelled the sweet blooms of honeysuckle on the wind? Well, if you like the smell of this delightful plant, then it may be a great option to put in your garden. These vines prefer to grow in full sun conditions, and they will do best in well-drained soil. Though they grow best along a fence or a trellis, they can also grow in containers in zones four through nine.

Sweet Pea

If you are searching for a large climbing plant, then the sweet pea is a great option. It produces blooms that are pink, red, lavender, blue, and white in color, and it will bloom in the earliest part of the summertime. A mature plant can grow to be more than eight feet tall with the right growing conditions. It is a plant that will do best in growing zones eight through 10, and it will grow best in full sun and well-drained soil.


Wisteria is a large vine that will bring some purple or blue blooms to your garden. These plant vines often reach 25 to 30 feet in length, and it will look great when trained on a trellis. They grow best in well-drained soil and full sun, though they will easily grow in partial shade without an issue. These are drought tolerant plants, so they require very little water. They typically will grow best within zones five to nine.

Trumpet Creeper

Also known as a trumpet vine, it is a plant that’s easy to care for, especially in zones four through nine. In one growing season, the plant can grow as much as 30 to 40 feet, and since this is a sweet smelling plant, you can expect it to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators to your garden. It grows best in well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade.

Climbing Rose

If you like roses in your garden, then there are several varieties of climbing roses that you should consider for your vertical space. They tend to thrive in well-drained soil and soil that is mostly wet. They like to grow in partial sun, but they will need a bit of protection from the heat of the afternoon. These climbing roses have a tendency to grow in zones five through 10.

Silver Bells

This is a beautiful plant that produces white, bell-shaped blooms in clusters. It can easily grow more than 40 feet high, especially when you are providing the right growing conditions. It prefers to grow in six hours in direct sunlight and in partial shade for the remainder of the day. It grows best in acidic, well-drained soil within zones four to nine.


Climbing plants are an ideal versatile way to add some character and color to any yard. They wind their way around until they can hug, claw or use thorns to stick to a surface such as an arbor, a trellis or porch railing.

Some are very adventurous and will travel all around a yard while others are more delicate and dainty and will stay in one area. They often flower and require space to climb and twine. A few are fine for indoors but most thrive outdoors. A few can be grown in containers however, most do best if allowed to have their own territory.


Before planting your honeysuckle, set your trellis or your arbor in place. Once established your honeysuckle will take over and it will need the support. Gently attach the vines to the trellis or arbor with stretchy material. You don’t want to stress any part of the plant. Simply loop the material into a figure 8 and gently attach. Old nylons work ideally for this purpose.

Honeysuckles prefer to be in full sun however, they will tolerate some shade as long as it’s not too much. Afternoon shade seems to be the most easily tolerated. Prune blooms back after blooming and in the winter to increase flowers.


This plant comes in a wide array of colors and sizes. From pure white flowers to deep purple flowers larger than your hand and everything in between. Clematis is an excellent climber and ideal for a porch area, trellis or an arbor.

They are vigorous once established and require minimal care. Most of them thrive in a good combination of sun and shade. Water as needed but avoid over watering the clematis. You’ll enjoy flowers from late spring to early fall depending on the variety of your clematis. Prune back dead flowers.


Wisteria is a gorgeous flowering vine that must be kept under control. If you have an arbor or a trellis this plant will literally cover it in short order. You can also grow this on a porch railing, wire or wire framework.

Flowers come in a variety of colors depending on the specific plant. They appear like clusters of grapes hanging from the plant and will add a lovely touch of color to any areas that they are in. The vines turn woody and lose foliage during the winter months but bud out quickly once spring arrives.

Climbing Roses

Again, this plant comes in a variety of colors and sizes. From wild roses to domesticated you’ll find many lovely colors for these. Most varieties will grow from 8 to 10 feet in a year and produce a lovely profusion of flowers ranging from yellows to deep reds and everything in between.

Roses tend to wind themselves around the trellis or arbor but may occasionally need some guidance as they grow. Simply wind them around the trellis or arbor and be sure to give them plenty of water. Remove dead flowers and encourage them to bloom again.

Virginia Creeper

This self-clinging plant can reach and amazing 40 to 50 feet in height, in the wild it can readily reach upwards of 100 feet. Ideal for twining around a trellis or arbor you’ll love the gorgeous color. Vibrant and lovely to look at it will give privacy to a deck or patio if grown on a trellis or lattice work.

Small greenish flowers grace the plant in clusters that bloom in late spring. They will mature in the late summer to early fall with hard purple to black berries. The berries are toxic to humans with oxalic acid that can damage kidney’s however, they are fine for birds.


The Jasmine plant isn’t a true climbing plant however, it is readily trained to climb. Give it a fence, trellis or an arbor and it will climb up the structure. From the olive family, this plant imparts a delicate fragrance that will grace any yard.

It prefers full sun and will grow to 20 feet. They bloom in the spring after the frost and will impart a lovely color to any yard. Depending on the species flowers are delicate or medium in size.

Creeping Fig/Ficus

This evergreen vine has small leather like dark green leaves. It grows very vigorously and will readily cling to any structure. Ideal as a privacy fence for decks and patios as well as to add some color to a yard.

It prefers partial to full sun and will grow up to 13 feet a year. This is often used inside houses as well. It will quickly take over so allow for plenty of room for growth. It’s often seen covering an English Cottage.

Purple Vine Lilac

If you’re into purple, this is for you. These flowers are pink to purple and have a chartreuse center that makes them cascade like wisteria. The branches will twine around anything and hold their glossy color all summer long.

They love full sun and will thrive growing 15 to 25 feet annually. The flowers are fragrant and lovely and will grace any yard, patio, deck or porch area. This plant is hardy to 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Trumpet Vine

This vine is a vigorous growing vine that can literally take over if not kept in check. Many gardeners consider it too invasive, however, under proper conditions it is easy to control. Trim back regularly and give it something to climb.

Train the vines up the lattice, arbor or trellis and keep them on track and you’ll be fine. The trumpet-like flowers are lovely to look at and lend a pretty rose to orange color for any corner in your garden.

Photos c/o Eric Kilby, keith ellwood, Jim, the Photographer, David Lochlin & dmott9

Vine is dead, I know. But the recent onslaught of TikTok ads on the internet has left me feeling nostalgic for the once beloved video app. So in the spirit of love, Vine, and my opinions, “welcome back to… me, screaming.”

In search of the right herbal tea, or bubble bath, or Netflix series, I have discovered that nothing eases my anxiety better than a good Vine compilation. A fan of classics, I still snort every time Jared, 19, tells me he can’t read.

The now-departed app was created to share small snippets of daily life in video form. But it was the six-second time limit that pushed the boundaries of social media and comedy. That restrictive constraint led content creators to get their point — most often a joke — across faster. Vine users only had six seconds to make themselves memorable, with various levels of fame available for the successful ones.

The idea of “Vine Stars” may sound ominous, but the reality is scarier than you might imagine. In 2015, Business Insider named Justin Bieber one of the 30 most popular Vine stars; but a year later, Bieber didn’t even make the list. Jake and Logan Paul, however, made it in both 2015 and 2016, with Logan’s individual following reaching over 9 million. As terrifying as that is, the siblings didn’t come close to the 15.8 million followers of Andrew B. Bachelor, known as KingBach, the No. 1 most followed Vine star.

So with that many users, why did Vine die?

Twitter bought Vine early on; the 6-second time limit complemented Twitter’s 140-character message format. Over time, Vine struggled in a growing market — as Snapchat and Instagram videos emerged, Vine couldn’t compete with updates and advertising dollars, according to The Verge.

Despite eventually being shut down, Vine’s impact on comedy and meme culture has given almost everyone an answer to the question, “What’s your favorite Vine?”

“I ain’t get no sleep ‘cause of y’all,” said Leslie Whiting, a 20-year-old Longwood University student. Tanisha Thomas’ unforgettable outburst on Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club was popular source material for Vine, with multiple remixes and overlays added to the footage.

For Aysha Malik, a 26-year-old events supervisor from Arlington, it gets romantic with “I love you bitch.”

The lure of Vine crossed generational lines. It’s a bonding point for millennials and Generation Z. But Generation X wasn’t left out of the fun either. Over the holidays, when I said, “It’s cris-men,” to my cousin, my 52-year-old aunt chimed in, “Merry Chrysler!”

Youtube is stocked with beloved vines. A good compilation may send you delightedly down a rabbit hole. Compilations are easy to find and vary in style. There’s dozens of “Best of” videos, but you can also find “the Zodiac signs as Vines” or the emerging and multiplying “Umbrella Academy characters as Vines.”

Of course, Youtube has it’s nuisances. With modern targeted-advertising, it’s highly likely that fans of Vine are going to find themselves facing the demon that is TikTok ads. The internet is overwhelmed with these videos — Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and even news sites are interrupted with short video advertisements from the app. It seems like if ad space can be bought, TikTok has found it.

At first glance, TikTok’s set-up is pretty similar: users share short clipped videos. It might seem like a natural successor for Vine fans. Unfortunately, in action — and yes, I did download it — TikTok feels embarrassing.

Videos of teenagers lip-syncing in cosplay are paired with viral challenge videos. The style of video verges on click-bait. Users consistently rely on musical overlays and aesthetically pleasing images. The honesty and fast-thinking humor that made Vine so popular is largely missing from TikTok.

Last October, the Atlantic boldly claimed, “TikTok is Cringey and That’s Fine,” but I have to disagree. Maybe it’s a generation gap, or maybe it’s the aggressive marketing that I find tiresome. But for the most part, it feels like TikTok didn’t get the message that we want to laugh with the content creator.

After all, Vine wasn’t without it’s fair share of cringe, but more often we were laughing with Riff Raff singing Sublime (or Riff Raff being Riff Raff), than we were left staring wide-eyed waiting to be involved. That’s the turn-off: Vine was about an interaction with the audience — even if only to inspire laughter. TikTok videos seem like they’re solely about the content creator.

That being said, numbers don’t lie. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is valued at $75 billion, according to the Business of Apps. In October, it was the number one downloaded app from the Google Play Store, with over 9 million downloads in the United States. For iPhone users, October downloads reached 6 million.

With rising use, TikTok isn’t without it’s fair share of controversy. Just this year, the company was fined $5.7 million for illegally storing personal information from children under 13, according to CNN Business. The fine was directly linked to TikTok’s merger with, another short video app that was based on lip-syncing and required users to submit first and last names, among other things.

Last Summer, Indonesia announced they were banning TikTok. Authorities called the app, which relies on user-created content, “pornographic” and “inappropriate.” Rumors of a similar ban in Pakistan have been circulating through the beginning of 2019.

Despite the concerns, the United States accounts for 80 million TikTok app downloads, about half of which are still active accounts.

TikTok has a high number of users, a high number of downloads, and a parent company with obvious financial success. What it doesn’t have is the audience connection and honesty that made Vine so legendary.

On Youtube, the compilation videos tell the stories of both apps: Vine searches result in titles like “Vines I quote every day,” or channels like Cool Vines, that does monthly “TBT Vine Compilations” for over a million subscribers. When you search TikTok, top results include the “Ultimate TikTok Cringe” compilation and “10 minutes of TikTok Cringe.”

The truth is the apps aren’t exactly comparable. The differences between them, though they may seem small (15-second clips for TikTok compared to six seconds for Vine, TikTok’s stronger focus on lip-syncing), have led to completely different styles of content: one that gives me a pleasant feeling of amused nostalgia, and one whose ads I wish would stop showing up in my feed.

Note: Vines quoted and linked here come from Youtube and aren’t originally sourced, because Vine is dead. Content appreciation to: Rockwell Rockamole, Josh Kennedy, Christine Sydelko, Riff Raff, and the glorious people who saved these videos from extinction.

Also, opinion pieces reflect the views of individual contributors and do not constitute RVA Mag editorial policy.

Vines For Summer Color: Flowering Vines That Bloom In Summer

Flowering plants can be tricky. You may find a plant that produces the most stunning color… but only for two weeks in May. Putting together a flowering garden often entails a lot of balancing to ensure color and interest all summer long. To make this process a lot easier, you can opt for plants that have especially long bloom times. Keep reading to learn more about vines that flower all summer long.

Flowering Vines That Bloom in Summer

There are a huge number of vines, and nearly as many summer flowering vines. If you just want vines for summer color, you’re almost certain to find something in the color you want for the climate you have.

If your goal is vines that flower all summer long, however, the list is noticeably shorter. One very good option is the trumpet vine. While it won’t bloom in the spring, a trumpet vine will be covered in bright orange flowers from midsummer to early fall. And the flowers aren’t just long lasting – they’re vivid, they’re big, and they’re uncountable. Be aware, though, that trumpet vine spreads, and once you have one, it’s hard to get rid of.

Clematis is another great choice if you’re looking for summer flowering vines. This plant comes in quite a few varieties with a wide range of bloom times, but many will last from early or midsummer through autumn. Some will even bloom once in summer and again in autumn. The “Rooguchi” clematis, in particular, will bloom from early summer straight through to autumn, producing down-facing, deep purple flowers. Clematis vines likes rich, well-drained soil and 4 to 5 hours of direct sun per day.

Many honeysuckle vines will blooms in summer. As with trumpet vines, however, they can become invasive, so be careful to provide it with plenty of space and something to climb on. Regular pruning will also help keep this vine more manageable.

The fleece vine, also known as silver lace vine, is a vigorous deciduous to semi-evergreen vine that can grow up to 12 feet in one year. It makes a great addition to a trellis or arbor in the garden where its fragrant summer blooms can be appreciated.

Sweet pea is another fragrant summertime blooming vine that will enhance the garden. That said, these plants prefer areas with cooler summers as opposed to hot ones where their blooms will fizzle out from the heat.

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