The term perennial refers to the plants ability to grow and produce flowers for many years. Some perennial vines are short-lived and only last three to four years, while others can produce blooms for over a decade. The advantage of perennial flower vines is that they do not have to be grown every year. They emerge during their growing season and provide colorful and exotic flowers and foliage for many months.
Italian clematis is a perennial vine that has lavender to purple bloom colors. They begin flowering mid-summer and last into early fall. The prolific clematis flowers bloom on new wood and are resistant to wilt. Clematis grows up to 20 inches in height and prefers full sun. Their ability to twist and twine makes them a gardener’s favorite for planting along garden walls, arbors and mailboxes.
Their sweet flowers permeate the garden space, making the honeysuckle vine a lovely addition along a backyard pergola. This rapid-growing perennial vine can grow up to 25 feet and has strong twisting stems that easily attach themselves along outdoor structures for a long-lasting vine. Trumpet honeysuckle prefer moist soil, but can withstand some drought. The blooms are coral, red and yellow with a trumpet-shaped flower. They emerge mid-spring and cover the vine through the fall. Beginning in the fall, the red berries pop out and attract birds.
This gorgeous perennial flower lights up the garden when in full bloom. The white flowers of the climbing hydrangea are a creamy white with a lace-like appearance. They range between 6 to 10 inches in diameter and begin their emergence in late June. The foliage is a glossy green and the leaves are heart-shaped. This perennial flower vine is also a slow-growing vine that eventually grows up to a staggering 80 feet, especially when supported by a larger tree or sturdy garden wall. Climbing hydrangea prefer sun to shade and well-drained soils. In the fall, the green foliage fades to yellow, and the stems, when mature, have peeling, brown bark.
Also known as a maypop, the passion flower perennial vine is very fragrant. The exotic passion flower vine has a rapid growth rate and can reach up to 20 feet in height. It prefers full sun and has 3-inch white to lavender flower blooms. The fruit of the passion flower is green and melon-like, making this vine cherished for their fruit. These exotic-looking vines prefer moist, well-drained soil and attract birds, butterflies and bees.