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I'd like to plant annual vines - do you have suggestions?

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Although some vines can be hard to work with and difficult to control, many adapt nicely in the landscape. Some of the more hostile vines are perennial or woody, which suggests that an annual vine is not as difficult to maintain.

Keep in mind that regardless of how aggressive an annual vine is or how beautiful it is in the landscape, it will be killed by the first heavy freeze. There are many that can be grown in Utah. Here are a few.

· Annual morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) is one of the most popular vines. This is a flowering vine that produces purple, pink, blue and white blossoms. It can grow more than 15 feet in a matter of weeks and produce spectacular flowers from late June until frost. · Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata) is not as aggressive as morning glory, and only climbs about five to seven feet. It has an orange or yellow flower with a black or dark brown center. It works well in a hanging basket when allowed to climb up the wires of the basket. · Climbing nasturtium (Tropaeolum spp.) climbs about five to six feet. It can even be somewhat neglected and still do fine. It is also edible. · Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens) gets its name from the shape of its reddish-purple flowers. It can grow up to 15 feet in a summer. · Climbing snapdragon (Asarina antirrhinifolia) reaches six to eight feet high, and has rose-purple colored flowers with a white throat. Like most snapdragons, it produces better flowers when it is regularly dead-headed. · Firecracker vine (Mina lobata) can grow around 10 feet, and tolerates full-sun or part-shade. The flowers are cream-colored and turn to red and orange. All three colors are found on the same flower stem, which creates quite a show when it blooms. · Cardinal flower (Ipomoea X multifida) is a good vine if you want hummingbirds in the yard. Hummingbirds are attracted to the large, red, trumpet-shaped blossoms. This plant is related to morning glory, and can grow to 15 feet.

Posted on 4 Jun 2004

Jerry Goodspeed
County Director, Horticulture Agent, Weber County

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