Planting Vines and Climbers

Vines and climbers are one of the friendliest plants for landscaping purposes. They cover all the ugliness in your yard or garden that you can’t get rid of.

Why plant vines and climbers in your garden

These plants grown upwards, downwards or by creeping along the ground. As such, they can cover any type of surface from the ground to fences and in the process they form a textural background for any other plants you may want to grow.

The good news is that vines and climbers are both grow fast and they can be trained to cover any surface. They have long stems which can be used to support lights in the yard.

Even when they are not acting as a background for other plants they are aesthetically pleasing on their own. Their flowers dotting a trellis or a pergola make the space attractive. When they climb upwards they give the space an interesting vertical focal point. Planting the right vines will infuse beauty and a pleasant fragrance in your backyard.

Choosing vines for your garden

To begin with it is important to determine how you want to use the vines. For example, are they a standalone garden plant or will they act as a backdrop to other plants. Also, your climate will dictate the type of vine to choose. Warmer weather is ideal for vines like bougainvillea or jasmine while wisteria works best in cooler temperatures. These three are excellent as standalone vines.

However, if you are looking for a flat green backdrop, consider pumila or ivies which have a lush and even greenness.

How to plant vines and climbers

To plant a climbing plant, begin by digging the hole close to the wall with a small distance between the wall and hole. 30 to 45 cm is an ideal distance. Some vines can be planted in pots and containers but it is best to use large pots because of the creeping nature of these plants.

Make sure there is adequate support for the plant as it grows upwards. Some people prefer twining the plants while other like to use a trellis for support. Keep in mind that these are sun-loving plants so they will grow towards the sun. Sunlight is essential so plant them where they can access the sun.

Because climbing plants can easily get out of hand as they grow they need to be pruned regularly. Prune them once the flowering is finished to keep them in shape and also foster better growth.

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