Fast growing perennial vines cover a lot of space in a short time. Cover a fence with a profusion of flowers. Train the vine up and over a trellis or an arbor and create a shady spot to sit and relax. Vines have a tendency to go where they want to. Keep the vines in check and make them go where you want them to.
Carolina Yellow Jasmine
Carolina yellow jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is also known as jessamine and is a member of the logania family. The vine is an evergreen that grows up to 20 feet long with oblong leaves that grow from 2 to 3 inches long and ½ inch wide. The plant produces small clusters of yellow, 2-inch long, trumpet-shaped flowers from late winter to early spring. Plant Carolina jasmine in full sun to have it grow as a bush or in partial shade where it will grow as a vine. The soil should be constantly moist. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 9.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)–also known as woodbine and five-finger poison ivy–is a member of the grape family. The vine produces compound, deciduous leaves made up of five leaflets 3 to 7 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide that are arranged in a wheel-like pattern. The small flowers grow in clusters measuring 4 to 6 inches across and give way to small blue-black berries that are a favorite of birds and wildlife. Plant Virginia creeper in full sun, partial shade or full shade and a soil that is moist to dry. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is also known as pink jasmine and is a member of the olive family. The vine grows up to 20 feet long and features compound leaves and fragrant white flowers that bloom in late winter and spring. Plant winter jasmine in full sun or partial shade and a moist soil. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.
Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) is a member of the bean family with deciduous compound leaves that are made up of 7 to 13 leaflets about 3 inches long. The lavender flowers grow in long, drooping clusters and give way to 6-inch long velvety seed pods. Plant Chinese wisteria in full sun or full shade and a rich, moist, well-drained soil. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.