The distantly related twining snapdragon, Asarina scandens, has similar
flowers, blooms profusely all summer, and climbs a good 6 feet in a few
months. It would need to be started from seeds and is probably annual in
Grapes take some work. If you want fruit, they take severe pruning in
the winter. During the growing season, they might have to be tied to
the trellis. Errant shoots will have to be pinched to promote more
I'm not saying that grapes are bad. I have three vines of my own. I
just know how much work is involved to get ripe grapes for eating.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
Yet, on another NG you suggested an arbor for shade in a
"recreational island" I am planning for my back yard, and suggested
grapes to cover it. Several varieties, in fact.
If there's that much work involved to get ripe grapes for eating,
maybe I should use a fast-grown non-food plant instead. ??
Star Jasmine would be a good choice.
Potato Vine Solanum jasminoides
Cape Honeysuckle maybe
Stay AWAY from Virgina Creeper, it is not a creeper in Calif. It
will rampantly take over the trellis your yard and perhaps the walls
your house. I have fighting one on the neighbors side of the fence and
now it is back again
I would also stay away from Wisteria, gets huge.
Paul go to your library and find a copy of the Sunset Western Garden
In the front is a guide to types of plants, such as vines, shrubs,
covers etc and zones they do well in. There is a wealth of
You might even decide to buy the book.
Trachleospernum jasminoides is a great evergreen for a warm site with
some sun and there are a lot of them about in instant sizes fairly cheap
shipped over from Tuscany but it will not stand cold saturated roots in
winter. In the shade you can't beat the evergreen Pileostegia
viburnoides for complete cover, but it is slow to get going and hard to
Don't overlook hedera colchica
I'd try and avoid clematis species unless you like interfering as all
Clematis naturally tend towards bare stems at the bottom and leafy
growth and flowers untop as they have evolved to grow through trees etc.
so they don't really screen much.
Others have mentioned all of the perennials I thought of, but if you
don't mind planting seeds there are lots of annuals that would fit the
bill (if winter privacy is not important). The hyacinth bean vine
(Lablab purpureus) grows fast and lush and sports multiple sprigs of
nicely scented lavender flowers which turn into attractive purple seed
pods. It reseeds freely. Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is a fast growing
vine similar to morning glory which produces many large white flowers
which open at dusk and smell really good. It attracts hawkmoths and
probably will reseed in your area. Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata) is
another fast-growing annual vine that produces novel multihued flower
sprigs in abundance and probably would reseed for you. Cup and saucer
vine (Cobea scandens) can climb pretty high but sometimes takes quite a
while before it really takes off and starts blooming.
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