How to Choose Climbing Vines for a Trellis

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After building three new trellises for my fence (you can get the plans and tutorial for building them here), it was time to plant climbing vines at their base. But rather than fall for the first pretty plants I could find at the nursery, I did my research to find the best ones for the space.
I did some research online to find out my area's growing regions (I'm in 8). By narrowing down to your region, you can find the plants that will grow without struggling due to heat, cold or sunlight levels being off. I also searched for vines that would thrive in the sunny location of my trellises. Some need more shade and will wilt under the constant heat of the sun.
Because my trellises are fairly large, I decided to plant two vines per trellis. To cover the entire trellis, I needed a more aggressive climber. You may want to keep your vines more under control if the flower bed is near the house or trees. To keep things interesting, I chose two different types of vines with different bloom times. This way, my trellises will always be full of flowers!
In between the trellises, I planted some fountain grass. Its shape mimics the shape of the trellis, and will fill in the empty spaces. In front, some shorter annuals bring some additional color and round out the small garden plot.
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  • KatAych KatAych on Aug 17, 2017
    Important tips to note, thanks for the share!!! We planted sun parasol on our arbor...another tip would be to check with folks in the household and/or neighbors...our arbor is in our front yard, and our neighbor's bedroom is on that side...originally, I was going to plant jasmine because I love it, but it turns out our neighbor is allergic to jasmine, so it would have been problematic for her if we had gone ahead with it. The sun parasols are pretty but not smelly so we were happy to have found something that works and is neighbor-friendly! Can't wait to see your flowers in bloom - post an update! :-)