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What are Vines?

A vine is a plant with a fragile stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface. There are annual vines that thrive for one growing season, perennial vines that return every growing season, flowering vines that have the ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and evergreen vines that keep their foliage all throughout the year.

Some of the most commonly used Fragrant Vines are Wisteria, Jasmine, Boston and English ivy, Clematis, Honeysuckle and Trumpet vine. Vines may be used for a variety of landscaping issues. They have the ability to cover unsightly features, reduce noise levels, maintain proper soil retention, add intense fall color to a dreary landscape and produce extraordinary flowers that bring nature into the homeowners’ backyard.

Choosing a Location for Your Vines

Even in the smallest of gardens there is usually enough room for a small trellis. Another option for the homeowner is planting vines in hanging baskets or containers. This is also a great way to grow vines for anyone who lives in an apartment and does not have access to a planting area.

Once the homeowner has chosen the desired vine, the next step is getting them planted in the ground. Vines are vigorous growers and do best in well-draining, organically-rich soil. It is recommended that the homeowner makes sure that the vine gets all the sun or shade it requires. When talking about full sun, this means at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

Light shade means getting some direct sun and some shade during the day, or bright, filtered light throughout the day. Full shade means no direct sunlight.

How to Plant Your Vines

Dig a hole that is at least twice as wide as the root ball, but only one or two inches deeper. Gently remove the vine from its pot (once out of the container, handle the vine by the root ball), untangle any girdled roots, and place it in the hole. It should sit at the same level or very slightly higher than it was growing in the container.

Water the root ball generously, allow the water to drain, and then fill the hole with the soil you removed, tamping it firmly around the root ball. Now, finish the job by mulching with 2 to 4 inches of mulch, compost or other organic matter. Vines generally require little care once they are planted.

Watering Your Vines

It is recommended to water vines deeply, not frequently, and the occasional fertilizing and removal of dead growth. If you're not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil about 3 inches down for dryness.