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Vines: Climbers & Twiners

Plant Directory

Perennial Vines

There are numerous perennial vines that can add a permanent landscape feature to your garden. When choosing vines listed as perennial, make sure that they are listed as hardy for your planting zone. These vines come back year after year and when properly handled, continue to offer attractive foliage and flowers. View the Perennial Vines Directory »



As a group, honeysuckles are extremely easy to grow. Many are vigorous plants capable of covering support structures quickly. They offer attractive and often very fragrant flowers that are often visited by butterflies and hummingbirds. When selecting honeysuckles be sure to consult invasive species lists for your area and plant those that are recommended as non-invasive. View the Honeysuckles Directory »


Annual Vines

There are many annual flowering vines to choose from that can offer quick, colorful, temporary cover for garden structures. All of these vines are easy to grow from seed and can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before they are needed for the garden. Because many of them are tender, it is suggested that they be put out after all danger of frost is past and soils are warm. Most annual vines attach themselves by either twinning or with tendrils so chain-link fences, wire, or thin strips of wood make good supports. View the Annual Vines Directory »