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Vines from the Nursery

2 min read | Dec 13, 2012 | Plants 

Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) – Also called “star jasmine”, confederate jasmine is an evergreen vine with small, extremely fragrant white flowers.  Protection from afternoon sun and direct winter exposure will help keep confederate jasmine happy throughout the year.

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) – Carolina jessamine is a native evergreen vine with yellow flowers during the spring months.  Its close relative, swamp jessamine (Gelsemium rankinii), is often planted in the same pot due to its ability to flower in the fall.  Full sun to part shade is recommended for full flowering ability.

Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.)-  Honeysuckle is known by many as the fragrant yellow and white flowered vine growing in the wild.  We carry a few different colors that are more suited for the home garden.  Cultivars such as ‘Goldflame’, ‘Mandarin’, ‘Dropmore Scarlet’, and ‘Winchester’ can sport an array of colors from yellow to dark orange.  Full sun promotes the flowering ability of the honeysuckles.

Wisteria (Wisteria sp.)-  You can tell spring has arrived when the striking purple clusters or wisteria flowers begin to show throughout the forests in late April.  While some forms of wisteria are considered invasive, ‘AmethystFalls’ is a native cultivar that is more reserved in its growth.

Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) – Crossvine is not quite as popular as some other vines, but surely deserves its place in the garden.  This semi-evergreen vine produces a large number of reddish orange flowers during April.  This may sound a little strange (maybe it is just me), but the flowers actually smell kind of like soy sauce.  Seriously.  Not the stuff out of plastic containers from take-out businesses, but the good stuff out of glass bottles.  I’m not saying that your garden will smell like chicken stir-fry.  It is actually a nice fragrance.

Akebia (Akebia quinata) – “Chocolate vine” is a good evergreen vine for shadier spots.  The five lobed leaf adds textural interest and the dark purple or white flowers show themselves in early April.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris) – Like chocolate vine, the climbing hydrangea is a great vine for shady areas.  Mature specimens are complete show stoppers when in full flower and growing up and around large pines.  Dark green foliage is the backdrop for large clusters of showy white flowers.

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) – Trumpet vine is unique from the rest of this list in that it flowers in summer, as opposed to spring when many of our other shrubby vines bloom.  Trumpet vine flowers can be red, yellow, or orange, and are great for hummingbirds.  This is a great vine for full sun or part shade.