In an effort to try and beat the heat this summer, you may want to think about using vines to help shade the favorite
spot in the landscape. Recently, I planted vines near a willow archway to help create a "quiet space" for my kids.
Most vines need some sort of support - trellis, fence or wall - but they can also be planted within the landscape to
cascade down a slope or over a rocky ledge or retaining wall.
Recommended vines for landscape:
Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). Attractive to bees, birds and butterflies, it has flowers that bloom
all season. Hardy to zone 5, so make sure you protect it (mulch or straw) over the winter.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Aggressive woody vine that can be used as ground cover or
vertically. The leaves turn showy red in the fall.
Jackman clematis (Clematis x jackmanii). Produces large, colorful flowers usually in shades of white, pink or
purple. Most cultivars bloom on current year's wood so prune in the spring.
Silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii). Give it something to climb on because this plant can grow really fast
(upwards of 20 feet a season). It produces a tremendous amount of small white flowers. Protect in the winter as well.
Grapes. Dedicated trellising systems work best for grapes as ripening fruit commonly sheds from the plant and can
make grape juice (stains) on the furniture. Plant cultivars that are cold-hardy (think of cultivars developed in
Michigan or New York) and fertilize them once a year in the spring.
Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus). Grown as an annual, it produces beautiful red flowers that will rapidly
cover a trellis. Because the raw bean contains small amounts of poisonous lectins, it is recommended to thoroughly
cook the mature bean.
email@example.com. co.us or 382-6464. Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County