Pictures of Vines for Landscaping

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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Variegated

    Arctic kiwi vines photo.
    Arctic Kiwi Vines Arctic kiwi vines photo. David Beaulieu

    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...MORE 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

    Autumn clematis vines picture.
    Fall Standout Autumn clematis vines picture. David Beaulieu

    "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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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Deadly Climber

    Picture of climbing euonymus.
    Climbing Euonymus Vines Picture of climbing euonymus. David Beaulieu

    There are many types of euonymus, and not all of them are climbing vines.


    But the picture above shows two types of climbing euonymus, each climbing up the same tree. The variegated one could be either 'Emerald Gaiety' euonymus or 'Silver Queen.'


    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 picture.
    Shade Vines Climbing hydrangea picture. David Beaulieu

    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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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Grapevine in Flower

    Picture of grapevine in flower.
    Grow Grapes for Edible Landscaping Picture of grapevine in flower. David Beaulieu

    Edible climbing vines include, of course, grapevines.


    The picture above shows a wild grapevine in bloom. I find 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 Vine Picture

    Picture of honeysuckle vine.
    Hummingbird Magnet Picture of honeysuckle vine. David Beaulieu

    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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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Popular Flowers

    Jackman clematis vine picture.
    Jackman Clematis Vine Picture Jackman clematis vine picture. David Beaulieu

    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 Picture

    Purple morning glory vine picture.
    A Glorious Vine, Indeed! Purple morning glory vine picture. David Beaulieu

    Morning glory vines are annuals.


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


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  • 09 of 14

    Climbing Vine Pictures: Sweet Pea Vines

    Photo of sweet pea vines.
    Re-Seeding Annuals Photo of sweet pea vines. David Beaulieu

    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...MORE disguising chain-link fencing, as in the picture above. But 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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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Lovely, But High-Maintenance

    Trumpet vines picture.
    Trumpet Vines Picture Trumpet vines picture. David Beaulieu

    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 Vine Picture

    Wisteria vine picture.
    Going Native Wisteria vine picture. David Beaulieu

    Japanese and Chinese wisteria vines are beautiful, no doubt.


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


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    Climbing Vine Pictures: "Ivy League" Vines

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    Boston Ivy Vines The "leaflets 3" rhyme that helps you remember what poison ivy looks like isn't perfect, as Boston ivy demonstrates when it's young. David Beaulieu

    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

    The autumn foliage of Virginia creeper varies, but is often red or reddish-orange.
    Vines for Fall Foliage Photo showing the autumn foliage of Virginia creeper vines. David Beaulieu

    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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    Climbing Vine Pictures: Groundcover

    Picture of young leaf from an English ivy vine.
    English Ivy Photo Picture of young leaf from an English ivy vine. David Beaulieu

    Photo of young leaf from an English ivy vine.


    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.