Fast Growing Vines for Texas

Vines are an easy way to stop erosion on a slope, cover an eyesore in the garden or add privacy to your yard. Fast-growing vines can cover a large swath of area in only one season, making them a good choice if you want immediate gratification. Growing vines in Texas means choosing plants that are hardy and can handle the state's hot summers and occasional drought-like conditions.

Silver Lace Vine

Silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii) is a deciduous vine that can grow 15 feet tall in just one season. It has bright-green leaves, with new foliage having a reddish-bronze tint. Silver lace vine produces greenish or white flowers with a pink tinge in the summer. This vine spreads vigorously by rhizomes, and it can become a nuisance. Silver lace vine, which can grow in full sun to shade, tolerates dry soil, grows on slopes and is not attractive to rabbits. It will thrive in USDA zones 4 to 8.

Confederate Jasmine

Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an "energetic" evergreen vine, according to Floridata. It will use its aerial roots to clamber 40 feet up a tree trunk or wall. Its glossy green leaves are oval and 2 inches long. In April and May, the vine's new growth is light green. White pinwheel flowers that are very fragrant appear at the end of May. Confederate jasmine is not picky about its growing conditions, but it prefers well-drained soil and bright sun to part shade. It is drought tolerant after it becomes established. Confederate jasmine grows in USDA zones 8 to 10, though some cultivars can be grow in zone 7.

Trumpet Creeper

The trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) is a rapid-growing deciduous vine. Native to America, the trumpet creeper "thrives on neglect," according to the North Carolina State University Extension. It will tolerate poor soil and wind. The trumpet creeper blooms from July to the first frost. Its traditional bloom color is orange-red, but other varieties have scarlet, yellow and deep red flowers. Aerial roots help the vine climb to 20 to 40 feet tall, but it will need support. It is one of the last plants to leaf out in the spring; its leaves are dark green and somewhat shiny. Trumpet creeper will grow in USDA zones 4 to 9.

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