Vines with flowers provide color on structures such as stakes, trellises, decks and other objects in the garden. While some flowering vines come in annual and perennial varieties, some are also considered to be invasive weeds. Most flowering vines are fast growing and have showy, distinctive flowers.
The 2- to 8-inch trumpet-shaped flowers of the tropical woody vine, Mandevilla, make it a popular container plant. The flowers are often pink, but some varieties come in other colors, such as the red flowers of Red Riding Hood, the white flowers of Summer Snow and the yellow flowers of the Yellow cultivar. Most often, garden centers sell Mandevilla plants in hanging baskets. Often the plants need a support structure as they grow, such as a trellis or a stake, and they can grow up to 10 feet in a season. These tropical plants grow in partial shade and are hardy to zone 9. In colder hardiness zones they can be brought indoors in the winter. To survive indoors, bright filtered light is required.
The common morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) is a vine with purple trumpet-shaped flowers and leaves shaped like hearts that grows in most U.S. states. The 2-inch flowers open in the morning, and only live for a few hours. Most often, this vine flowers between July and September. All but four states list this plant as an invasive weed. This sun loving annual plant tolerates many different types of soils and temperatures. Although the plant has origins as a decorative plant, the vine is very competitive and takes the resources from any plants in the area.
Black-Eyed Susan Vine
The black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is also known as the clock vine. Although the plant is a perennial, it is most often treated as an annual. The plant likes partial shade and grows with twining stems. The flowers are yellow white or orange and they bloom from summer to fall.
Clematis (Ranunculaceae) flowers come in many colors, including white, pink, purple and red. These flowers often have four petals, but may have up to eight petals, and the flowers can be flat. These vines are hardy to zone 3 and bloom prolifically. In the winter, the plant dies back and leaves a tangled mess of dead vines. Once the plant emerges in the spring, the vine spreads quickly. Clematis vines have been known to live for up to 25 years. These plants need full sun and well drained soil. In addition, a good support structure is recommended for this fast growing vine.