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Flowering Vines and other Vining Plants

There are literally hundreds of different plants that are classified as 'vining plants'.
This diverse group includes annuals and perennials; climbers, crawlers and creepers; evergreen and deciduous plants...
Vines can be used as ground covers; to climb over and disguise unsightly objects in the garden; to enhance fences, arbors and trellises; or as a screen to block the view of obnoxious neighbors....
Most flowering vines need full sun to thrive but there are a few of them that will tolerate partial shade. In deep shade you may have to settle for a non flowering vine such as one of the many types of Ivy (Hedera).
The best reason of all for growing vines is, however, simply to enjoy their beauty!

Planting and Training Vines

If you plan on growing your vining plant on a trellis or an arbor, it is important to put this support structure in place before planting, to avoid damaging the roots and stem of your vine. Set your plant in about 6-12 in. away from the support to allow enough growing room for developing stems. The vines should be tied loosley to the support using strong, stretchy materials that won't cut into growing branches. (Strips of old nylon hosiery work very well for this.) Loop each tie into a figure 8, with the crossed portion between the stem and the support to keep stems from rubbing or being choked.
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This plant grows best with full sun for most of the day
This plant grows best with full sun for most of the day
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Name Botanical Height Notes USDA Zone Light, Water
Sheep bur Acaena buchanii 1"-4" Dense mat of evergreen, coppery-purple foliage spreads rapidly 7-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Dwarf Yarrow Achillea kellereri 8" White flowers and silvery foliage 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Pinwheel Aeonium haworthii 18" Medium sized succulent that form rosettes of waxy blue-grey rosettes tinged in red 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Stonecress Aethionema 'Warley Rose' 6" Low growing shrubby evergreen, with long lasting bright rose-pink flowers 6-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Carpet Bugle Ajuga genevensis 4"-6" Typical Ajuga with flowers which vary from dull red to white and blue. 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Rock Jasmine Androsace sarmentosa 4" Small green leaves with silver hairs; pink flowers from April to June 3-8 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Windflower
Some or all parts of this plant may be toxic or poisonous
Anemone pulsatilla 9"-12" Fernlike foliage follows the pretty blue flowers in May 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Catsfoot Antennaria dioica 2"-6" Mat of durable silvery leaves; light to bright pink flowers 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Alpine Columbine
Some or all parts of this plant may be toxic or poisonous
Aquilegia flabellata 12"-18" White and violet flowers are borne on six-inch stalks above bluish-green leaves 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Rockcress Arabis sturii 4"-6" Easy plant to grow; leaves are usually jagged and hairy; flowers white to red 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Sandwort Arenaria montana 6" Mossy looking mat of foliage with small 1" white flowers 4-9 needs vary
Sea Pink Armeria maritima 4"-8" Forms mound of dark green leaves; dense cover of white to pink flowers in spring to summer 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Alpine Aster Aster alpinus 6"-12" Compact mound with 1 1/2 inch flowers in May/June 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Aubretia Aubretia deltoidea 2"-6" Vigorous, colorful, and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Long blooming cover of pink flowers in early Spring. 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Basket of Gold Aurinia saxatilis 8"-12" Dense clusters of gold flowers in Spring and early Summer. All This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Creeping Bellflower Campanula alpestris 2"-5" Blue or white bell shaped flowersthrough early Summer. 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Snow in the Summer Cerastium tomentosum 4" Invasive plant... loose clusters of white, one inch flowers; narrow, woolly oblong leaves 3-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Ice Plant Delosperma cooperi 5" Shrubby succulent; bright Daisy-like magenta flowers in mid to late Summer 9-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the day Once established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Alpine Pinks Dianthus alpinus 4"-8" Cushions of neat, dark green foliage; typical "Pink" flowers in mid Summer 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia 6"-18" Primrose-like rosette plant with unique flowers in shades from white to purple. Prefers light shade. 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Whitlow grass Draba aizoides 4" Small rosette of tiny grey or greel leaves; bright yellow flowers in late Spring 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Mountain Avens Dryas drummondii 4" Mat of dark green, Oak-like leaves; 1 1/2 inch white flowers in early Summer 2-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hens and Chicks Echeveria elegans 2"-3" Succulent blue-green clustering rosettes; bell shaped pink flowers in late summer 8-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Fleabane Erigeron glaucus 6"-10" Clump forming, small spoon shaped leaves; Daisy-like pink flowers 3-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Sulfer Flower Eriogonum umbellatum 9"12" Low growing, spreading mat of 1" green leaves; clusters of bright yellow flowers 6-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Cranesbill Erodium reichardii 3"-6" Delicate looking but durable tufts of dense green foliage; small pink flowers throughout the Summer 7-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Spurge
Some or all parts of this plant may be toxic or poisonous
Euphorbia myrsinites 6"-8" Stiff, purplish-green leaves spiral outward around woody stems, upright clusters of golden flowers from mid spring until early summer 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Trumpet Gentian Gentiana acaulis 2"-4" Mat of glossy 1 inch green leaves; disproportionate 3 inch, blue trumpet flowers in early Summer 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Dwarf Baby's Breath Gypsophila cerastioides 3" Spreading mat of greyish foliage; abundant clusters of pink or white flowers from late Spring til early Summer 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Green Carpet Herniaria glabra 2"-3" Tiny, bright green, trailing foliage, turning reddish in the Fall; flowers are insignificant All This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Coral Bells Heuchera sanguinea 12"-18" Glossy, 3 inch, deeply lobed green to purple leaves; clusters of scarlet flowers on a stout 15" red stems in early-mid Spring 6-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Evergreen Candytuft Iberis sempervivens 8"-12" Spreading, narrow green leaves on shrubby stems; dense cover of small white flowers in early-late Spring 4-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Lewisia Lewisia tweedyi 8"-12" Rosettes of fleshy 4" evergreen leaves; satiny peach-pink flowers from Spring to Summer; requires perfect drainage 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Lithodora Lithodora diffusa 4"-12" Evergreen mini-shrub; bright blue, star shaped flowers in early Spring 7-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Oregano Origanum amanum 6"-8" Evergreen, small heart shaped green leaves; funnel shaped pink flowers mid-summer 8-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Alpine Poppy
Some or all parts of this plant may be toxic or poisonous
Papaver alpinum 8" Short-lived, miniature of the Iceland Poppy; white or yellow flowers in mid summer 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Penstemon Penstemon pinifolius 6" Dark orange flowers, needle-like foliage; blooms June to September 8-11 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Phlox Phlox subulata 4"-6" Mat growing fine foliage with masses of 1 inch, fragrant, star shaped flowers (white, blue, pink or red) in Spring 3-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Rockery Orchid Pleione bulbocodioides 3" Produces a single 3 inch orchid flower in early Spring, followed by a single 6 inch leaf; tough to grow, but very rewarding 8-10 This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Northern Jacobs Ladder Polemonium boreale 6"-12" Clumping plant with "ladder like" leaf stems, with dozens of 1/2 inch blue to purple flowers in spring 3-9 This plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Primrose Primula 6"-12" Hundreds of species and varieties suitable for the rock garden; dwarf varieties are best for rock gardens vary This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the daykml This plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Pasque Flower Pulsatilla vulgaris 8"-10" 3 inch, pale purple flowers are followed by ferny foliage and then by attractive silky seed heads 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Soapwort Saponaria ocymoides 4" Forms thick mat of ground covering, fine foliage; hundreds of small pink to red flowers cover the plant in early Spring 4-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Saxifrage Saxifraga bronchialis 8" Forms a cushion of moss-like, finefoliage; cream colored flowers, spotted with red or pink in lateSpring 4-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Stonecrop Sedum acre 1 1/2"-2" Creeping, small bright green leaves covered with small, star shaped, golden flowers in Spring 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayOnce established these plants require little supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Hens and Chicks Sempervivum 1"-4" Many varieties of succulent rosettes; unique flowers develop after the plant is a couple years old; needs excellent drainage zones vary This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant may not tolerate any direct sunlightThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Cushion Pink Silene acaulis 2"-4" Soft, hairy leaves spread slowly to form a low mat. Tubular pink flowers appear in late summer or early Fall 2-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Blue Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium brachypus 4"-6" Clumps of Iris like leaves; brightblue, star-shaped flowers June to September 5-10 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions
Snowbell Soldanella alpina 6" Clump forming, rounded leathery leaves; pale purple, fringed bells appear in early Spring 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Woolley Thyme Thymus pseudolanuginosus 1" Spreading mat of tiny, hairy, light green foliage; covered by tiny pink flowers in mid Summer. Several aromatic Thymes are also available. 3-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic watering
Speedwell Veronica prostrata 8"-12" Forms mat of woody stems and saw-toothed leaves; spikes of small blue flowers in early Summer 5-9 This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditions