I have a persistent fantasy that if I plant a climbing vine it will become beautiful and lush in weeks, if not days. The truth is that many climbing / flowering vines are slow growing. They spend the first couple of years establishing roots before they can expend energy to make flowers.
I am patient will all my other plants, but vines are the exception – their growth spurts exceed my patience.
But I want to enjoy the beauty, so I’m trying again. I have a vision for a deck outside our living room with a fence covered by flowering vines as a wall to hide the neighbor’s house. I’ve done a bunch of research and am going to try these varieties:
- Passionfruit – supposed to be hardy and fast-growing. I know a yard with passionfruit vine and it is pretty, but in that yard it makes long tendrils that aren’t branching out
- Jasmine – can’t beat the fragrance of jasmine, but this is one vine I’ll need patience with – so I’ll grow it among a couple of other varieties
- Chocolate Vine – a fast-growing vine that’s invasive in moist environments like the South, but apparently manageable in dryer climates like where I live
Between the three of these, I may be able to maintain my optimism and wait out their growth periods.
Good luck with your own garden challenges –