I am making plans for the summer ( arent we all??!?) and would love some
imput from the list. My front "yard" is 10' wide by 6' deep with the typical
city sidewalk and then the street. The front of the house gets direct sunlight
ALL afternoon long in the summer and is not terribly hospitable to many plants.
I have the area planted heavily in Zinnias (they love the climate) but I;d like
some vining plants to go up the porch posts. I;ve tried scarlet runner beans,
hyacinth bean and the previous owner even tried a clamatis but the hot dry area
isnt the ideal climate for any of them. I would almost plant morning glories
there just to screen the porch a bit but I am not that nuts! SO- any
suggestions on fast growing, non invasive vining plants that do well in dry,
rather harsh conditions that could grow on a trellis to form a screen?
Any ideas would be great !
Need a bit more information, like location and climate zone, before one can
make many suggestions.
You indicate the area is dry - is soil amending and irrigation possible?
Nearly any plant will benefit from improved soil and all will need regular
irrigation to become established.
Annual vines are a good idea - all like lots of sun and grow rapidly to
provide fast coverage, but that means the trellis will be bare in winter.
The beans should have done very well in this location - I would assume their
failure to perform well is due to lack of water. Monrning glories should not
be ruled out. Many are very well behaved garden vines with only a few being
invasive, weedy pests.
Wisteria is quite drought tolerant once established. Hop vines are fast
perennials that will return each year, but their 'flowers' are not very
showy. Grapes might be a good choice - there are both ornamental and
fruiting kinds, some very hardy and they would appreciate that type of
exposure. Climbing roses love sun, but will need good soil and regular
pam - gardengal
Nasturtiums are reputed to be drought tolerant, although I have not always
found them so. (They survive but don't necessarily thrive.) They prefer
cooler weather I believe, but they will continue to grow throughout the
They come in climbing varieties, although the bushy varieties are more
popular nowadays. They also have a relative called canary bird flower with
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