Flowering vines and other climbing plants come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, and in both perennial and annual varieties.
Some of the more popular perennial flowering vines are climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria. Annual flowering vines like morning-glory, moon-flower and hyacinth bean, grow for just one season, but these are easy to grow, inexpensive and allow you to change your landscape each year.
Both annual and perennial vines tend to be low maintenance, drought tolerant and disease resistant. Most flowering vines grow well in sunny spots. Flowering vines can also be used to provide shade for other plants. For example, an arbor covered with wisteria can provide a shady spot for growing hosta.
Flowering vines as well as other climbing vines have a several different ways of attaching themselves to whatever they are
growing on. Some vines like boston ivy, climbing hydrangea or trumpet vine attach themselves to a flat surface through either holdfasts or aerial roots or suction like disks. These vines can grow on almost any surface, but are best used on masonry. They are not recommended on wood structures because the vines are hard to remove and may damage the wood
Other flowering vines like clematis and wisteria wrap around a support using tendrils, petioles or the stem of the vine. These vines require a support structure such as a fence, arbor or trellis that allows twining. When these flowering vines become overgrown you can renew them by cutting the entire plant back severely in early spring.
While climbing roses are called climbers they are not true climbing vines and they do not grasp the surface or twine, roses need to be tied to whatever structure you want them to climb on.
Whatever type of flowering vine you choose, you can be sure that it will be a welcome addition to your garden.