|Vines grow through a pergola at Phipp's Conservatory in Pittsburgh|
Here are a few of our favorites.
Clematis is a perennial; most prefer at least 6 hours of sun. There are hundreds of varieties from which to choose, and many are compact, great for pots and patio planters.
|The clematis Giselle, bred by Raymond Evison, is at home in a pot or in the ground|
|Honeysuckle can be tamed in a pot|
Mandevilla remains a personal favorite. A tropical vine, Mandevilla blooms all summer, thriving on full to part sun. The old-fashioned favorite, Alice du Pont, is a vigorous grower. Mandevillas are available in pink tones, red, white and, occasionally, yellow.
|Of the many mandevillas available, the tried and true Alice du Pont is exceptional|
Vegetable plants in the cucurbit family include cucumbers, squash, melons and pumpkins.
|Vines are at home in the vegetable garden, too|
Annual, tropical, or perennial, vines serve the garden well. They create vertical interest, hide service areas around the home and provide nectar for many of our pollinators. And I still maintain that they can be a magical element in any landscape. Fee, fi, fo, fum...