Pictures of Vines for Landscaping

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    Variegated Climbing Vine Pictures

    Let these climbing vine pictures serve to generate ideas for your own landscaping. My pictures of vines focus on deciduous, flowering vines (whether annual or perennial). In addition to the climbing vine pictures, make use of the links provided to access resources with more detailed information. These pictures of vines should suggest to you many possible uses for them in the landscape, including for:

    • Disguising unattractive fences
    • Supplying fall color
    • Adorning mailboxes and lampposts
    • Rambling over stone walls
    • "Roofing" a shade-giving arbor

    Arctic kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) or arctic kiwifruit vine lives up to its name, as it is hardy to -40° F.

    Arctic kiwi vine is a twining vine, reaching heights of 10 feet or more. The main attraction for planting arctic kiwi vines in the landscape is their variegated leaves, a characteristic more prominent in the males—and in the spring season. Each leaf may contain the colors white, green and pink.

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    Autumn Clematis Vines

    Sweet autumn clematis
    Joshua McCullough / Getty Images

    "Autumn" clematis is so named because of the time of year in which it blooms.

    And as you can see from the autumn clematis picture above, that blooming is a sight to behold! Its full common name is "sweet autumn clematis"—the "sweet" deriving from the sweetness of its flowers' fragrance.

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    Deadly Climber: Euonymus

    Joshua Brown / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    There are many types of euonymus, such as Emerald Gaiety, and not all of them are climbing vines.

    If you value a tree, don't let a climbing euonymus take hold on it: these vigorous vines will eventually cover so much of the tree's foliage as to impede photosynthesis.

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    Climbing Hydrangea Vines

    Climbing hydrangea vine.
    Ron Evans / Getty Images

    There are tree and shrub forms of hydrangea, but here we see a climbing hydrangea vine.

    Climbing hydrangea vines are valued as being one of the (relatively) few flowering vines that can tolerate shade.

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    Grapevine in Flower

    Picture of grapevine in flower.
    David Beaulieu

    Edible climbing vines include, of course, grapevines.

    The picture above shows a wild grapevine in bloom. The sweet fragrance exuded by wild grapevines at harvest time to be truly one of the delights of autumn! The golden foliage is a nice addition to your fall landscaping, as well.

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    Honeysuckle Vines

    Honeysuckle Vine
    Honeysuckle Vine / Getty Images

    Not only are honeysuckle vines attractive plants.

    They're also very effective at attracting hummingbirds. However, Hall's or Japanese honeysuckle can be invasive.

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    Jackman Clematis Vines

    Jackman clematis vines are among the most popular types of clematis.

    The picture above of Jackman clematis flowers tells you why!

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    Purple Morning Glory

    Purple morning glory
    Audrey / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Morning glory vines are annuals.

    But what they lack in longevity, they make up for in beauty.

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    Sweet Pea Vines

    Sweet pea vines
    Rob Young / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Like morning glories, sweet pea vines are annuals—well, sometimes. That is, there are two types: Lathyrus latifolius, a herbaceous perennial, and Lathyrus odoratus, an annual. As you may have guessed from the annual version's specific epithet, odoratus, it sometimes bears fragrant flowers.

    But both annual sweet pea vines and morning glories reseed, so, in a sense, they still offer you a "perennial experience," even though they are not technically perennials.

    One use for these climbers is disguising chain-link fencing. Another idea is to build a lattice screen and let the plants climb up it to create a more ornamental feature. Climbing is accomplished via tendrils. They can grow as high as 8 feet.

    The perennial sweet pea vines, which lack the fragrance of some of the annual types and are sometimes called "everlasting sweet pea," are typically planted in growing zones 5-9. As the common name suggests, they are in the legume family (Fabaceae). Anyone with experience in growing and observing legumes would be able to guess the family ties here from the appearance of the flowers and seed pods of sweet pea vines.

    Perhaps the most intriguing plant part is the stem, which contains a fold that is sometimes referred to as a "wing." These winged stems will remind some of burning bush (which bears the alternate common name, "winged euonymus"), although in the case of sweet pea vines the stems are more flattened.

    It will bloom more profusely and perform better overall in full sun. If the plant is grown in partial shade, flowering will be reduced; nor should you be surprised to encounter mildew problems under such conditions. Grow the plants in a fertile, loamy soil, and water well.

    Sweet pea vines might be most intimately associated with a laid-back, rural ambiance. They're an appropriate selection if you're seeking a cottage garden plant to grow on a wooden arbor.


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    Trumpet Vines

    Trumpet vines
    Tooru / Pixabay / CC By 0

    Like honeysuckle vines, trumpet vines (or "trumpet creeper vines") are hummingbird magnets.

    However, trumpet vines are high-maintenance plants. They're very invasive, so they must constantly be kept in check.

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    Wisteria Vines

    Wisteria Vine
    StillWorksImagery / Pixabay / CC By 0

    Japanese and Chinese wisteria vines are beautiful, no doubt.

    But for denizens of North America, we recommend American wisteria vines. Not only are the latter less invasive plants, but they also bloom more quickly.

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    Boston Ivy

    Boston Ivy
    Frans Sellies / Getty Images

    If you're not careful, you could mistake young Boston ivy for poison ivy.

    The "leaflets 3" rhyme that helps you remember what ​poison ivy looks like is helpful, but not of much use against Boston ivy, before the leaves of the latter mature. Young Boston ivy can also have "leaflets 3." Once it matures, however, Boston ivy bears simple leaves, as distinct from the compound leaves of poison ivy.

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    Virginia Creeper Vines

    Virgnia Creeper vine
    Marcel ter Bekke/ Getty Images

    Virginia creeper vines are ubiquitous in the wild in eastern North America.

    The photo above shows the autumn foliage of Virginia creeper vines. The autumn foliage of Virginia creeper varies, but it is often red or reddish-orange.

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    English Ivy
    Aaron Gustafson / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    The new foliage of English ivy vines is a light green. Although it does climb, English ivy has often been used, traditionally, as a ​groundcover. English ivy vines are, however, quite invasive.