A trellis covered in vines and blossoms makes a charming addition to any garden setting. Trellises create privacy, block an unattractive view and create interesting vertical architecture. Additionally, some flowering vines, such as trumpet vines, attract hummingbirds and other wildlife. Most flowering vines are perennials, including clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and hydrangea, but a few--such as morning glory and moon flower--are annuals.
A trellis is a one-dimensional flat structure made to support the weight of flowering vines and other plants. Buy trellises at home and garden stores made from redwood, cedar, vinyl or wrought iron, or make a rustic trellis using old tree branches nailed together. Trellises come in a wide variety of styles to suit your home and landscape design. Look for one that is durable and rust-resistant.
Trellises are often placed against a home's outside wall as a decorative element, particularly next to an entrance. They can also be used for a privacy screen or to hide unattractive elements, such as trash cans or an air conditioning unit.
Select flowering vines based on your climate and needs. For example, some flowering vines, such as honeysuckle and trumpet vine, attract a lot of bees and might not be suitable for high-traffic areas. The morning glory vine self-seeds and can become invasive. Others, such as wisteria, require strong supports for their weight.
Flowering Vines for Northern Climates
Clematis is one of the most reliable bloomers for northern climates. Hundreds of varieties exist and most are hardy to USDA plant hardiness zone 4. Clematis x jackmanii is an old favorite with large purple flowers. Try C. paniculata for fragrant white blossoms in the fall. Hall's honeysuckle has white flowers followed by black berries with bronze fall foliage. It needs a strong support and pruning to prevent it from becoming rampant.
Flowering Vines for Warm Climates
When jasmine is in bloom, the fragrance fills the air. This popular semi-evergreen plant is technically a shrub, but many varieties have long arching stems and grow well as vines. Passion flowers have large, showy blossoms and cling by tendrils. Most are hardy to USDA plant hardiness zones 9 or 10, although maypop is hardy to zone 7.