Tropical Vines – Vertical Flowers and Foliage
Tropical vines are one of the most beautiful and versatile exotic
plants for the garden and landscape. Their colorful flowers and
attractive foliage come in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures.
Annual vines and perennial flowering vines are the perfect choice for
adding exotic color, texture, and style to your outdoor garden and
Annual vines, such as Moonflower and Hyacinth Bean vines, are fast
growing vines and can fill in your garden quickly while slower growing
vines get established.
Perennial flowering vines, such as Clematis and Passion Flower Vines
can take longer to get established; however, the final result is well
worth the wait.
Vines - Tips for Selection and Proper Care
Before making a choice, have a general understanding of the
different types of vines:
have adhesive pads or claw-like growths along their
stems that can attach onto any surface they touch.
are vigorous, spreading plants. They should be tied to
a trellis or other type of support.
come in two types. Some wrap around their supports.
Others have twining tendrils that grab and wrap around anything in
- Select a climbing vine suited to the climate of the
hardiness zone you
live in. If you live in a cold climate, consider planting the vine in a
container and moving it indoors during the winter months.
- Choose the best planting location. Take into consideration
temperature, humidity, and soil requirements.
- Research the tropical vine of your choice. Find out if it
old or new wood or even both. Pruning vines increases flower
production. The pruning schedule will be based on this information.
- Determine how the vine will be used in the garden or
Climbing vines can be planted in the landscape as ground cover, trained
as a shrub, or be used to decorate a structure, create shade, or define
a space. They can also be planted in container, making it easy to bring
them indoors during the winter.
- Consider buying tropical vines online. You have
multiple suppliers that offer a large selection of hard-to-find
tropical plants. Local nurseries and garden centers can only
afford to stock a limited amount of choices during specific times of
the year (usually spring and summer). Selection can be limited,
depending on the planting zone you live in.
- Flowering vines should look sturdy, clean, and
you are buying a potted plant from a nursery or garden center, check
for signs of poor health, including yellow leaves, wilted foliage, and
spindly growth. Thoroughly check plants for signs of insects
Vines – What are Your Options?
There are a variety of vines available that are suitable for your
garden and landscape. Review the list of tropical flowering
vines below for options to consider.
Bleeding Heart Vine (also known as Glory Bower and
thomsoniae) is a beautiful flowering vine that puts on an
amazing display of stunning red and white flowers.
The Blue Jade Vine
(also known as Emerald Creeper, Flor-de-Jade, and
macrobotrys) is a beautiful tropical vine that puts on a
spectacular display of turquoise colored flowers. This exotic climbing
vine produces a cascade of gorgeous blue-green flowers that dangle in
The Bougainvillea plant is known for its colorful flower bracts and
quick growth rate. These evergreen climbers can be grown in containers,
trained as a shrub, or strategically planted to decorate a fence,
pergola, or arbor. Smaller species can be used as ground cover.
Clematis is a genus of evergreen or deciduous climbing vines or
herbaceous perennials that are grown for their beautiful colorful
flowers. This genus consists of approximately 300 species and a variety
of large-flowered hybrids.
The Hyacinth Bean Vine (also known as Hyacinth Vine, Lablab purpureus,
and Dolichos lablab)
is a beautiful fast growing vine that puts on an
amazing display of purple or white flowers, dark green foliage, and
velvet-like bean pods.
The Moonflower Vine (also known as Moon Plant, Moon Vine, and Ipomoea
alba) is a dramatic tropical vine that puts on a beautiful
large, white, night-blooming flowers.
The Passion Flower Vine (belonging to the Passiflora genus) is a
dramatic flowering vine that is primarily grown for its exotic flowers
and fruit. Two popular species include Passiflora caerulea
(also known as Trumpet Vine and Trumpet Creeper) is a
fast-growing, woody vine that produces clusters of vibrant
trumpet-shaped flowers and can grow up to forty feet (12 m) tall.
Chinese Wisteria, also known as Wisteria
sinensis, is a tropical climbing vine that can grow up to
thirty feet (9 m) tall and produces flowers cluster that measure six
inches to one foot in length. The stems twine counter-clockwise. It is
native to China and attracts bees, butterflies, and birds.
Japanese Wisteria, also known as Wisteria floribunda, is a tropical
climbing vine that can grow up to forty feet (12 m) tall and produces
flower cascades that are twelve to eighteen inches (30 – 45 cm) in
length. The stems twine clockwise. It is native to Japan and attracts
bees, butterflies, and birds.
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