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Bold Tender Vines for Your Summer Garden

With vivid colors and forms, these stunning vines bring energy to the landscape

A fringe of Spanish flag flowers fly high over dark green foliage, providing vibrant colors all season long. Photo: Jim Kincannon

Certain vining plants, or those that can be trained similarly, provide many functions in the garden. Vines may perform the role of a spiller in a mixed arrangement. Their flexible stems arch and trail to soften the edges of a container and contrast with more upward or mounding growers. Other vines can act as a thriller if allowed to clamber over other plants or affix themselves to added elements such as trellises. We rely on tender plants to provide additional interest during the warmer months, and gardeners look for forms and growth habits that help achieve the desired effects of their designs. They may enhance the scene with beautiful flowers, distinctive foliage, or interesting fruits. Certain tender vines can provide all three. Here are my favorite tender vines for your garden this summer.

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