Best Patio Vining Plants

Here are ideas for annual Vining plants for Alberta. All of the below will need a place were they don’t get wind blown. I have tried all of them and had success. The trick is to buy plants that are full grown, as our growing season is short…duh! Place them in a big pot, gingerly place metal trellis over top and train vines to curl around metal.

Morning Glory
This fast-growing vine produces colorful blooms in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. Some varieties offer extra appeal with bicolored flowers or white-variegated foliage. As its name implies, the flowers are only open in the morning. The vine climbs to 15 feet or more and grows best in a sunny spot. Note: In some gardens, morning glory can self-seed profusely. Also, while the plant is easy to start from seed, it can take four months or more to bloom. It’s helpful to start it early in short-season areas.

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Moonflower
Yet another member of the morning glory tribe, moonflower bears fragrant white flowers that open at night. While treated as an annual in most areas, it will grow as a perennial in frost-free climates. Moonflower climbs 15 feet or more and grows best in full sun. Note: This vine is commonly confused with another plant called moonflower. That plant (Datura meteloides) is not a vine, though it produces similar flowers.

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Nasturtium
Nasturtium offers colorful flowers in jewel-tone shades of red, orange, yellow, apricot, and cream. The blooms are also edible, making a great addition to salads or being used as a garnish. The plant can climb 6 feet or more and grows best in full sun. Note: In rich soil, nasturtium may put on all leafy growth at the expense of blooms.

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Sweet Pea
Providing one of the springtime’s best scents, sweet pea blooms profusely in the cooler months. Not all varieties are fragrant, but they are all lovely. Look for sweet pea selections in almost every color — from white to nearly black. The vines can grow 6 feet or more and grow best in a sunny or partially sunny spot. Note: Sweet peas usually fizzle out once hot weather arrives. To help keep them looking good longer, plant them in a spot shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

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Black-Eyed Susan Vine
One of the cheeriest annual climbers, black-eyed Susan vine produces many yellow, orange, white, or apricot blooms though the summer. The plant’s moniker comes from the chocolate-purple dot at the center of the flower. Black-eyed Susan vine can grow 6 feet or more and grows best in full sun. Note: In frost-free areas, black-eyed Susan vine grows as a perennial. Also, some newer varieties aren’t accented with a dark center.

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Cup and Saucer Vine
A charming and underused choice, cup and saucer vine produces creamy-white flowers that mature to lavender purple. The blooms are fragrant and appear throughout the summer and fall. It can climb 12 feet or more tall and prefers a sunny spot. Note: In frost-free areas, cup and saucer vine is an evergreen perennial that can climb 40 feet or more.

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Ideas for trellis:
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Happy Gardening….

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