We often talk about how shade tolerant and versatile perennial flowering vines are. For instance, there are three distinct zone classes for perennial flowering vines. These three zones are evergreen, shade tolerant, and drought tolerant. If you are new to vines or simply want a bit of information about the differences among these three classes, I’ll give you that information in this article.
Evergreen perennial flowering vines are shade tolerant and can grow on nearly any type of soil. They are usually found growing in fields and along roadsides. Most evergreens are deciduous, which means that they lose their leaves during the winter. However, with some maintenance you can allow them to grow green and bloom again in the spring. Most shade tolerant plants have mild, if average, growing conditions.
Shade tolerant plants are generally not as hardy as shade tolerant plants. This doesn’t mean that shade tolerant plants cannot be grown and sold as perennial flowering vines. Sometimes shade tolerant plants can even be trained to grow and bloom in deeper shade. Some varieties may only tolerate very light shade, but will still bloom beautifully in full sun. You’ll find this variety of perennial flowering vines is often used for border and other landscape enhancement due to its tolerance of full shade.
Shady perennials are another type of perennial flowering vines that can be used as landscape enhancement. They do require full sunlight throughout most of the year. This type of plant also has some tolerance to low fertility soils. Some types of shade tolerant perennial flowering vines are hardy even in shallow shade. Others, however, are best planted in deeper shade.
Some vines are considered shade tolerant plants, but some actually prefer full sun. If you’re going to plant shade tolerant plants in a container, consider planting them one to two feet tall, as they tend to come in smaller sizes than those with larger leaves. However, many flowers will bloom much larger in a deeper shade. You’ll want to pay careful attention to the blooming period of your chosen shade tolerant plant. Choose blooming vines that are full of color from the base of the stem right up to the tip of the leaf.
Perennial flowering vines should be planted in pots. However, if you plan to use them as borders, make sure they’re in a pot large enough to accommodate the full growth of the plant. Smaller pots won’t support the plant’s full growth. Landscape planters also work well with flowering vines. Just remember not to crowd the perennial flowering vines or you’ll be creating an area of dead space where the plant won’t get enough sunlight to grow properly.
Your perennial flowering vines are going to need plenty of direct sunlight to flower and blossom. Landscape planters are ideal because they allow the plant to get as much natural sunlight as possible throughout the day. However, if you live in a part of the country that receives little or no sunlight throughout the winter months, you can still give the plant plenty of light by planting it in a container. Keep in mind that plant’s leaves won’t be able to take on the sunlight’s rays, so try to place your container about three to four inches away from the main trunk of the plant.
If you want your perennial flowering vines to grow into beautiful blooms year after year, you need to take good care of them. Vines can become damaged if they’re overwatered. Make sure you replant them every two or three years, depending on how fast you’ll grow your plants. Keep in mind that there are different types of vines, and each one is designed to do a particular job, so you’ll have to learn what kind of vines will do what job best for your yard.