Vines and Vining Shrubs

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The subtropics and tropics offer a huge variety of flowering vines for fence, pergola or trellis. Some of our favorites are illustrated below.

Please contact us at info@zoneten.com for our current offerings.

 

Allamanda cathartica - Cherry Jubilee Allamanda

Fast growing, old standby for southern front porch trellises originating from Brazil.  Flowers in spring, summer and fall with large cherry-colored blooms thus the name Cherry Jubilee. The plant will reach 8 feet or more in full sun. May go dormant during a cold winter. Low salt tolerance and medium drought tolerance. Poisonous if eaten. Zones 10-11

 

 Aristolochia elegans - Dutchman's Pipe

Also called Calico flower, this perennial vine originates from Brazil and bears strange dark red and cream colored heart-shaped flowers in spring and summer.  It is especially good for pergola planting, as the flowers will hang inside. It also attracts butterflies. It has low salt and medium drought tolerance. (We sometimes offer A. littoralis and also A. gigantea). Zones 9-11

 

 

Beaumontia grandiflora -  Herald's Trumpet

Clusters of large, showy, fragrant, 5-6 inch long trumpet-shaped white flowers with bright yellow throat, appear winter through spring on this large fast growing vine from N.E. India. This vine needs strong support, as it can reach 1-1.5 inches in diameter.   It has low salt and medium drought tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

 

Clitoria ternatea - Butterfly Pea, Double Blue

A twining vine with 2-3 inch dark blue and white flowers which bloom early spring through fall.  It is usually dormant in the winter and frequently self-seeds the area under which it is planted.  Our offer is a double blue variety. We sometimes carry the white or alba forms as well. Good for chain link fences as the vine gets quite dense. Prefers full sun to very light shade and well drained soil with regular watering. This species originates from tropical Asia. Zones 10-12

 

 

 

Congea tomentosa - Shower of Orchids

This large, evergreen, vining shrub originates from Burma and Thailand. Huge masses of wooly pink flowers appear in winter through spring. Flowers are very long lasting, as they appear dark pink then fade to a very light pink and can last a month or more. It is fantastic for large pergolas with good supports. This is not a dainty small shrub and to get maximum blooms, do not trim until after the plant finishes blooming. It has medium drought tolerance, medium salt tolerance and likes full sun. Zones 10-11

 

 

 

Dalechampia sp.- Bow Tie Vine

A very unusual twining vine with unusual purple, bow tie-like flowers appearing spring and summer in south Florida.  No information as to its drought or salt tolerances.

 

 

Holmskioldia sanguinea - Red Mandarin Hat

An evergreen vining shrub from the Himalayas of all places, but it does just fine in South Florida. We offer the red-flowered variety.  Flowers appear year-round and the plant prefers full sun for best flowering.  It has a medium rate of growth, and has medium salt tolerance, but low drought tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoya pubicalyx- Hoya

This Hoya has lovely deep pink, waxy, long lasting umbels of flowers, appearing generally spring and summer.  A vining plant  that is especially suited to hanging baskets and likes dappled shade or part sun and humid conditions. Hoyas are native to Australia, India, China and the Pacific islands. Zones 10-11

 photo by Bob Mathers

 

Jasminum nitidum - Shining Jasmine

A strong growing, evergreen  climber to about 20 feet with glossy dark green leaves and slightly fragrant white flowers borne in small sprays. May be kept hedge-like with pruning.  Blooming seasons are spring through summer. Medium drought and medium salt tolerances.  Zones 10-11

 

 

Lonicera X americana - Honeysuckle

Clusters of fragrant pink flowers decorate this perennial twining vine throughout the year but mainly in spring and summer.  Older flowers fade to yellow.  It has a fast growth rate and does well on a chain link fence or a trellis. It has medium drought and medium salt tolerances  and a wide temperature tolerance. Zones 5-10

 

 

 

Petrea volubilis - Purple Queen's Wreath

An outstanding evergreen ornamental vine from the Caribbean. Blue blooms are produced in profusion late winter through the summer and sometimes all year-round. It will grow on a trellis or fence, or stand alone as a bush. It has a medium growth rate, medium salt tolerance and medium drought tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

     taken at Fairchild Tropical Garden

 

 

Pyrostegia venusta - Brazilian Flame Vine

Incredible masses of brilliant orange blossoms appear in winter and spring on this fast growing evergreen vine from Brazil and Paraguay.  It is very drought tolerant once established but has poor salt tolerance.  Excellent cover and showy display for arbor or pergola. Zones 10-11

 

 

 

Saritea magnifica syn. Bignonia magnifica 

Perennial evergreen climber with tendrils that is perfect for pergolas and trellises.  It blooms with large heads of rosy-blue flowers shaped like trumpets late winter through summer.  It is native to South America.  It does not appear to be drought tolerant and we have no information as to its salt tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

Stephanotis floribunda - Madagascar Jasmine

 An intensely fragrant, pure white flowering, perennial vine from Madagascar. The clusters of tubular blooms are used for wedding bouquets.  It blooms in cycles all year, but primarily in the summer. It is a very elegant fence covering with a medium growth rate.  Trim to promote branching and flowering. We recommend full sun for maximum flowering.  It has high drought tolerance once established, and medium salt tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

Strictocardia beraviensis

An evergreen, fast growing vine to 30 feet that blooms throughout the year with brilliant orange and reddish pink flowers. Good coverage for a fence or pergola. It is native to Africa.  We have no information as to its drought or salt tolerance. Zones 10-11

 

 

 

Thunbergia grandiflora - Bengal Clock Vine, Blue Sky Vine

A classic flowering, evergreen vine from tropical India, which provides good cover and year-round blooms. Dense and fast-growing for fences or pergolas. Needs full sun for at least part of the day for good blooming. Low salt tolerance and medium drought tolerance.  Zones 10-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trachelospermum jasminoides - Confederate’ or ‘Star’ Jasmine  

A flowering evergreen vine from China with intensely fragrant white  star shaped flowers that appear primarily in the spring. Will thrive in partial shade to sunny locations.  It can be used as a climber or as a ground cover. It works well along chain link fences, with fine deep green foliage and a profusion of blooms- very rewarding and underused.  It has medium salt and medium drought tolerance. Zones 8-11

 

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