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Go Vertical with Vines

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Grow vertical in your landscape by adding some flowering vines toscreen bad views, soften walls and structures, divide areas in the landscape,and even conserve energy.

In the garden, train vines onto obelisks, trellises and othersupports to create a vertical accent. This hops (humulus lupulus) isa twining vine that wraps around the support and the obelisk provides yearround color in the garden.

The clematis climbingover the arbor creates a welcoming passageway between these two garden spaces.

Some vines like the climbing hydrangea (hydrangea anomala petiolaris) and euonymus attach by root-like holdfasts. Only use these on masonry or wooden supports.

Next to the house, always use support that allows airflow betweenthe vine and siding, reducing the risk of rot and mold.

And add a bit of vertical interest to your patio, deck or balconyby growing vines in containers.

Mix annual and perennialvines on the same support for quicker coverage and long-term benefits. The annual vine covers the support withfoliage and flowers the first season, while the perennial vine getsestablished.

Continue this combinationto double the flowering impact on trellises and arbors.

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