vine_dbg_pcojenVersatile Vines…

Perhaps you'd like a vertical accent for a trellis or need screening for a deck?  Or, do you need a large groundcover?   Maybe erosion control on a slope?   Vines can fulfill all these functions.   As with all plants, consider your sun exposure and go from there.    Some vines offer blooms while others have fantastic fall color.

Please Note:  In stock availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.

Photos courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

Size:   30’-50
Exposure:  Full to part sun
Other Notes:  Glossy green leaves that put on a brilliant show in fall of yellow, orange and red.  Zone 4.   Dense, self clinging vine.    Blue-black berries are a bird favorite.

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Jackmanii (PCO Bailey Nurseries Inc)

Size:   Ranges from 8’-10’ for most, with a few that can get as big as 25'
Exposure:   Full to part sun.   Ideally, they like sun on their ‘heads’ and cool shade for their ‘feet.’  So, be sure to use some type of groundcover (mulch, rock) at the base to shade roots.

Clematis are a more controlled, compact vine compared to most.   They offer a huge variety of bloom size, bloom time, color, and form. 

PRUNING: Clematis may bloom on old wood, new wood, or both depending on variety. So, different types have  different pruning needs.  Below is a pruning guide to help you determine what your clematis needs. If you  planted your clematis last season, clip it back to 12" no matter what type it is.  If your clematis has been in the  ground 2 seasons or more, follow the pruning guide below.   

Type 1:  Blooms on OLD growth.  Prune back immediately after it flowers so that it has time to develop growth for next season's flowers.  These tend to be earlier blooming varieties.

Type 2: Blooms on LAST SEASON'S ripened stems.  Typically repeat blooming types.  Drastic pruning not recommended with these as you will sacrifice old growth which supplies flowers.  Watch for bud swell on the vine and just prune dead parts that are above active growth.

Type 3: Blooms on NEW growth.  Prune these vines above new leaf buds in early spring.  If it's a particularly vigorous grower, you may be able to prune it back to almost 12" to encourage new growth during the season, and thus more flowers.  If your vine is old and established, don't prune into older wood parts.

Ascotiensis:   A very large deep blue flowering Clematis. Bloom June and August. Pruning type 3.

(PCO Donahues)

Fleuri:  5" deep purple flowers on a compact 4' vine. Blooms May-August. Will grow in part sun. Pruning Type 2.   

Kilian Donahue:  Lavender petals are striped with a magenta center. Blooms early and then repeat blooms in summer.  Pruning Type 2.

Photo Courtesy Donahues

Ramona: Lavender-blue flowers with dark anthers. Blooms July, August and September. Pruning type 2.

Photo Courtesy Donahues

Sweet Summer Love: A cousin to 'Sweet Autumn' this Proven Winners vine has small cranberry/violet flowers and lots of them.  Cherry vanilla fragrance. Blooms late summer/Fall.  Will also grow in part sun. Pruning Type 3.  

(Photo Courtesy Donahues)

Crystal Fountain: 5" double lavender blue flowers have an extended bloom time.  Zone 4 Pruning Type 2

Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Golden Clematis (Tangutica): A late-blooming type with unique 1" golden, lantern-like flowers that bloom in clusters. Larger vine at 15'-20'. Zone 4. Pruning Type: 3

Nelly Moser: 6” pale pink with lilac stripe on each petal, up to 10’-zone 3, free flowering. Pruning Type 2

Photo Courtesy Donahues

Sapphire Indigo: Initial bloom is deep purple and then fades to blue. Blooms June-September on a compact 4' vine.  Will grow in part sun. Pruning Type 2.  

(Photo Courtesy Donahues)

Earnest Markham: Large, magenta flowers bloom in July, August, September on vigorous vines. Pruning Type 3.

Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Jackmanii: 4” Deep velvety purple—profuse blooms 10’, zone 2 Pruning Type 3


Niobe: 6” dark ruby Red 8’, zone 3, free flowering over a long season Pruning Type 2

Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries

Sweet Autumn:   A late-blooming type with small 1" pure white flowers in profuse clusters.  Very fragrant.  Large vine at 20'-25'.  Zone 4. Pruning Type: 3

Photo Courtesy Van Essen

Vancouver Fragrant Star: White flower are lightly scented with vanilla.  Blooms in Spring and Fall. Pruning Group 2.

Photo Courtesy Willoway Nurseries
Climbing Hydrangea Vine (Hydrangea anomala)

Size:  30
Exposure:  Versatile, full sun to full shade.
Other Notes:   Slow growing.   Fragrant, white lace cap flowers in lat Spring or early summer EVEN IN FULL SHADE.  Heart shaped leaves are green.   The variety 'Miranda' has green leaves with a yellow margin. Zone 4.

hederahelixthorndaleEnglish Ivy (Hedera helix) 

Size:  15’-20’
Exposure:   Shade or morning sun
Other Notes:   EVERGREEN vine that is wonderful  in dry shade (as under pine trees).   Self-clinging.    Zone 5.
Variety: Thorndale

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

Exposure:  Full to part sun
Other Notes:   All have fragrant blooms and appreciate moist soil.   Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  Japanese types (Lonicera japonica) tend to be more aggressive growing 15'-20' than the more compact/hybrid types.  
Hall's:  Pale yellow/white blooms that are VERY fragrant. This vine can be aggressive at 20'-30'.  Zone 4. (Japanese)
Kintzley’s Ghost: Non-fragrant, yellow flowers late spring/early summer 8’-12’, zone 3—foliage has a silvery cast and looks very much like eucalyptus leaves. A Colorado Plant Select plant.
Magnifica: Fragrant orange-scarlet flowers followed by bright red fruit. Compact vine up to 6'. Zone 4.
Peaches N Cream:   Deep maroon buds open to pink/white flowers. Compact vine up to 6'. Zone 4.
Pink Lemonade: Fragrant blooms in pink and yellow tones. Vines up to 15'. Zone 4.  
Purple Leaf: Leaves emerge purple and quickly turn green.  Fragrant flowers of pink/white are followed by red berries in the Fall.  Vigorous vine.  Zone 4.  (Japanese)
Sweet Tea:  Light cream to yellow to pink.  Fragrant.  Blooms in early summer. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 4.  
Texas Scarlet:  Fragrant orange scarlet blooms.  Vigorous vines grow 15'-20'.  (Japanese)

Photo Courtesy Donahues

Hall's:  Pale yellow/white blooms that are VERY fragrant. This vine can be aggressive at 20'-30'.  Zone 4. (Japanese)

Photo Courtesy Plant Select

Kintzley’s Ghost: Non-fragrant, yellow flowers late spring/early summer 8’-12’, zone 3—foliage has a silvery cast and looks very much like eucalyptus leaves. A Colorado Plant Select plant.

Photo Courtesy Willoway Nurseries

Peaches N Cream:   Deep maroon buds open to pink/white flowers. Compact vine up to 6'. Zone 4.  

Nugget (Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries)
Hops Vine (Humulus)

Size:  20’
Exposure:  full to part sun
Other Notes:   Extremely fast growing.  Produces papery cone-like hops in summer—which, with most varieties can be used to make your own beer.   Dies back in winter but quickly re-grows to size each season.  Very pretty as an ornamental screen.  

Cascade  (brewer's variety)
Centennial   (brewer's variety)
Chinook  (brewer's variety)
Nugget   (brewer's variety)

polygonumsilverlacevinewide_pcojenSilver Lace Vine (Polygonum / Fallopia)

Size:  25’-35’
Exposure:  Full sun, part sun, shade
Other Notes:   Very aggressive, fast growing vine.    Small white flowers produced in panicles in late summer.

campsistrumpetvinewide_pcojencampsistrumpetvineclose_pcojenTrumpet Vine (Campsis)

Size:  20’-40’
Exposure:  Full Sun
Other Notes:   Large, trumpet shaped scarlet or yellow blossoms in mid-summer.   Hummingbird magnet.  Woody with age, provide a strong support.  Deep green, coarse, foliage.   Fall color is yellow/green.  Slow to emerge in Spring.  Zone 4
C. radicans: Orange
Flamenco: Red
Flava: Yellow
Minnesota Red

parthenocissus_virginiacreeper_pcojenVirginia Creeper / Englemann Ivy (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Size:  30’-50’
Exposure:  Full to Part Sun
Other Notes:   Aggressive vine.  Green leaves during the season put on a pretty fall show of deep burgundy-red.  Blue-black berries are favored by birds.  Zone 3.

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