Vines perform many of the same functions as shrubs (breaking up the harshness of fences and walls, privacy and screening, shading and so on), but they typically do so in just a fraction of the space that the shrubs would require.
That’s especially great if your landscape is around a town home with a tiny garden in which to plant. So there definitely is a place in almost anyone’s landscape for vines.
It’s really special, however, when you have a vine that will do all of that and then bloom as well. Some of our prettiest spring and summer flowers are actually found tumbling over fences and twining up trellises.
Shop early, because vines are about to hit full stride for the season, and supplies of the prettiest types always run out too quickly. Let’s consider some of the best choices, and we’ll do so in the very general sequence in which they might flower in your own garden.
Finally, just a brief shout-out to our fine annual vines such as hyacinth bean, morning glories, moon vine, cypress vine, cardinal climber, black-eyed Susan vine and others. If you need magic, and if you need it in a big hurry, these might be your new best friends.