Gardeners decide between different elements when planning a landscape. The combination of different sizes, plants with flowers and plants without flowers brings the design together in a cohesive pattern. Flowering trees bring in the element of height and a splash of color either in a group setting or as a stand-alone specimen tree, bringing color to the middle of a green lawn. Flowering vines bring color to, up and over fences and walls.
Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is also known as grancy gray beard, is a member of the olive family and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10. The tree grows as tall as 20 feet and develops a round crown. The tree produces dark-green, elliptic-shaped leaves and white, spring-blooming, fragrant flowers. The flowers give way to oval-shaped, brown fruits in late summer. Fringetree is hardy in USDA zones, and likes both full sun and partial shade as well as a moist, well-drained soil.
Royal paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) is also known as the empress tree and the princess tree. This deciduous native of Asia grows up to 50 feet tall with heart-shaped leaves growing from 5 to 10 inches long and vanilla-scented, lavender flowers growing on 2 inch-long clusters. The flowers bloom in April before the leaves put in their appearance. The flowers are followed by brown, oval-shaped seed capsules measuring from 1 to 2 inches long. Royal paulownia does best in full sun and wet, deep, well-drained soils. The tree is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 through 9.
Bleeding heart (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) is also known as glorybower, bleeding heart vine and bleeding glory bower. The plant is a twining vine that loops around trellises, across fences and up other plants with 15-foot long stems. The plant is native to West Africa and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 12. Small, red-white flowers grow in clusters of from 5 to 20 blooms and 7-inch-long leaves grow opposite each other on the stems. Plant bleeding heart in partial shade where the plant gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Give the plant a soil that is moist but not wet.
Chalice vine (Solandra maxima) is also known as cup of gold, goldcup vine and golden chalice vine and is a member of the nightshade family. The vine is an evergreen that grows up to 200 feet tall. It produces elliptic-shaped leaves that grow up to 6 inches long and yellow, chalice-shaped flowers measuring 6 to 10 inches long and 4 to 7 inches across at the opening that change to a deeper golden color as they age. Chalice vine is a native of Mexico, Central America, northern South America and the West Indies, is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11, and likes full sun or partial shade and a well-drained soil.