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Vines: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

To complete your garden picture, try these underappreciated climbers

Fine Gardening - Issue 131

Climbing plants are like a troupe of exceptionally versatile thespians—pleased to perform a myriad of roles in an endless number of plays. Are you in need of a shining star for your garden? There’s a vine with a profusion of bright red trumpets ready to climb up a towering wall. Or perhaps a supporting actor is more of what you had in mind. Don’t worry because there’s a pink-flowering clematis that will happily intertwine with a nearby perennial and distract your eye from the garbage cans below. But many of us often fail to incorporate vines into our gardens because we’re unsure which ones will do well and complement the landscape, not engulf it. When it comes to vines, knowing their growth habit is second only to knowing how much—or how little—sun they need to thrive.

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