Coral Vine / Queen Anne's Wreath
A rapidly growing perennial vine to 25' long.
Evergreen in frost-free areas, dies to ground in freezing
temperatures. Mulch well in fall to protect tuberous roots
from cold. Green heart-shaped leaves 4" long. Clusters
of white, pink or red flowers bloom spring or summer and
Native to Mexico and Central America.
Drought tolerant, better with supplemental water.
Needs well-drained soil. Full sun for best bloom.
USDA hardiness zones 9-10.
An herbaceous vine with a woody base and
tuberous roots growing to 30' long. Excellent climber.
Thick, rubbery, tri-lobed leaves have disagreeable smell
when crushed. Plant can cause a rash in some people.
Small, greenish, clustered flowers bloom late winter to
summer depending upon location.
Produces small, black, inedible, grape-like fruit.
Not a food source for wildlife.
Native to Arizona through Florida, Georgia, parts of
Midwestern United States and Mexico.
Low water needs. Prefers well-drained soil.
Full sun to part shade. Cold-deciduous perennial.
Will freeze to ground below 25°F but recovers from roots.
USDA hardiness zones 6-11.
Western White Clematis
A woody vine that grows to 20' in length. Leaves are dark
green and variable in shape. Separate male and female plants.
Small white flowers bloom in spring. Females have feathery
white plumes in fall. Flowers attract various insects.
Native to Western United States and Canada.
Very drought tolerant but does best near a rainwater wash
or other water source.
Full sun to part shade. Deciduous perennial. USDA hardiness
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana':
A strong vine that can reach 30'. Oval dark green
leaves. Fragrant white flowers, aging to light yellow,
bloom late spring to fall. Attracts hummingbirds
when trellised. Black berries appearing in fall attract
birds. In moist conditions, can be rampant, even invasive.
Train on a fence to make pruning easier.
Prune during the summer to contain growth. Useful
for ground cover and for erosion control; handles steep
banks. Prune ground cover severely in winter to avoid leaf
and stem buildup that can be a fire hazard.
Native to Asia. Full sun to part shade.
Evergreen with full winter sun; deciduous otherwise.
USDA hardiness zones 4-11.
Cat's Claw Vine
A vigorous vine that grows more than 25' long.
Glossy green leaves. Stems have three-pronged, clawed tendrils
that can dislodge shingles and remove stucco.
Yellow trumpet flowers 3-4" wide bloom early summer
for short interval, producing slender long bean pods.
Seed viability is poor; sow seeds immediately after harvesting.
Withstands light foot traffic. Border pruning is required.
Can be difficult to eradicate. Native to tropical America.
Drought tolerant. Stems root wherever soil is touched.
Useful for erosion control on slopes in low rainfall regions.
Full sun; part shade reduces blooms.
Cold deciduous; may stay evergreen on south-facing slopes
or walls. USDA hardiness zones 8b-10.
Moderate Water Vines
An evergreen or cold-deciduous climbing vine or shrub,
depending on variety.
Ovate, green or variegated leaves.
Colorful bracts surround small tubular flowers. Blooms
year round, producing small seed pods. Extensive variety
of colors available. All varieties are very thorny to thorny.
Needs pruning to avoid rambunctious growth. Produces high
amounts of leaf and flower bract litter. Native to tropical
and sub-tropical South America.
Plant in fertile, well-drained soil. When planting,
handle root ball with great care to keep it intact. Roots are
very thin and do not hold soil together. After planting,
water roots thoroughly, adding a root stimulator.
Use flower fertilizer every two months until end of growing
season. During the first year in ground, water regularly until
winter, then keep almost dry. Container plants must always
have moist soil until winter. Propagate with cuttings or by
After first year in ground, water no more than once
every two weeks to produce more color. Excess water or high
nitrogen fertilizer will reduce flowering.
Can lose leaves or die to ground in freezing temperatures.
Best situated next to southern or western wall for root
protection in winter.
Full sun. USDA hardiness zones 9-12.
Trumpet Creeper Vine
A fast-growing, woody vine that grows up to 40' long.
Bright green foliage. Yellow-orange to red trumpet-shaped
flowers bloom in summer and produce high nectar volumes.
Attracts hummingbirds. Can be invasive in warm, moist
areas. Last to leaf out in spring. Can be skin irritant to
sensitive individuals. Propagate by cuttings.
Native to Eastern and Central United States.
Moderate water once established. Needs well-drained soil,
tolerates poor soil. Full sun to part shade.
Deciduous. USDA hardiness zones 4-9.
On a trellis, this woody vine can reach 10-15' high
and 8-10' wide. Leaves are dark green, lance-shaped and veiny.
Purple pea-family flowers, growing in elongated clusters
and lacking fragrance, bloom late winter to early spring.
Flowers attract bees.
Bears seed pods with 6-8 small beans. Native to Australia.
Moderate water once established. Requires well-drained soil.
Never fertilize - this legume fixes its own nitrogen in
nodules in its roots.
Severely damaged below 20°F. Full sun to light shade.
Evergreen. USDA hardiness zones 9-11.
Roving Sailor / Snapdragon Vine
A vine growing to 8' long.
Dark green, arrow-shaped leaves. Snapdragon-like, 1"
long flowers, blue to magenta with white throats.
Blooms April to October, attracting butterflies.
Native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Locate near area where water collects or runs by.
Water every one to three weeks in warm season. Not long-term
drought tolerant. Full sun to part shade.
Perennial deciduous herb. USDA hardiness zones 8b-10.
Lady Banks Rose
A vigorous vine growing to 20' or more. Stems have few
thorns. Useful as a ground or bank cover, to hid a fence, or
provide erosion control. Large clusters of medium-small
white or yellow flowers with slight fragrance bloom
in spring. Prune after flowering; flowers bloom on old wood.
Native to Northwest and Central China.
Moderate water. Full sun. Deciduous in cold winters.
USDA hardiness zones 8-10.
Regular Water Vines
Trumpet Honeysuckle Vine
A woody, twining, climbing vine that quickly grows
10-15' long. Medium green, oval to heart-shaped leaves.
Fragrant, narrow, tubular, red flowers, 1-2"
long, bloom summer-long. Attracts hummingbirds.
May have aphids which hummingbirds will consume.
Native to Eastern United States.
Needs regular water and part shade in hot climates.
Deciduous. USDA hardiness zones 4-9.