Tag Archives: climber-vine

Wisteria 2017

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After 5 years, our Wisteria is finally flowering! Wisteria is a beautiful spring vine. Because of my visits to the California Spanish missions, I cannot think of Wisteria without thinking of California. I planted my wisteria in probably the worst spot for it in our Sunnyvale garden: a spot nestled in an east-facing corner that only gets a few hours ... Read More »

Purple Trumpet vine

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The Purple Trumpet vine has really benefited from all of our El Nino winter rain in Sunnyvale. The trumpet vine flower is great for attracting hummingbirds to the landscape. The beautiful tubular flowers range in color from yellow to orange or red or purple. Blooming on the trumpet vine plant takes place throughout summer and into fall, though blooming may ... Read More »

Mystery vine seed pod

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I thought this was a potato vine, but now I am not sure. Potato vines have dark fruit. This vine has white flowers in spring and summer. But the seed pod(s) are about twelve inches long and joined at the bottom. During the summer, I am distracted with other flowers and did not notice the growth pattern of the pods. Read More »

Mandevilla vine

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Among the garden’s most elegant vines, mandevilla offers stunning trumpet-shape flowers in shades of pink, white, or red. It’s the perfect plant for creating a lush, tropical look. Mandevilla is usually grown as an annual, though it can be overwintered indoors in a bright spot. Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous. First planted in 2014. I relocated the ... Read More »

Bower Vine

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Bower Vine, Jasmine, Pandorea jasminoides. Pink bower vine  is a fast-growing vine that reaches heights of 20 to 30 feet at maturity. The vine adds color to the landscape all summer, displaying soft pink, bell-shaped blooms with dark pink throats. Thanks to the lush, evergreen foliage, the vine is attractive even when it isn’t blooming. Bower vine is suitable for planting ... Read More »

Wisteria

wisteria

Wisteria is a beautiful spring vine. Because of my visits to the California Spanish missions, I cannot think of Wisteria without thinking of California. I planted my wisteria in probably the worst spot for it in my garden: a spot nestled in an east-facing corner that only gets a few hours of sunlight per day. All of the good sunny ... Read More »

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis   Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info) Cultivar: ?   Synonym:Clematis x ?   Height: 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)   Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)   Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C ... Read More »

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea . Very popular . You need at least a foot width of soil. I tried growing it in 3 inches but it did not grow well. Sunnyvale’s climate zone (9b) is right on the edge for this tropical plant. You should protect it from freezes. Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55375/#ixzz3HZrgOo3C Read More »

Plumbago

Plumbago

Plumbago can be grown as a bush or a climber-vine. Plumbago got its name because it was believed to combat lead-poisoning. The Latin word for Lead is Plumb (for example: plumbing equals lead pipes). You don’t need much room – I was able to plant it in a 3-inch trench next to a wall. Every winter I cut it back to ... Read More »

Red Trumpet Vine

Red Trumpet Vine

Red Trumpet vine has lots of pretty red flowers. I am warning you that it is an aggressive climber. You can see an example at the intersection of Matilda and Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road. Another example is on the south side of Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road past Fremont just past the Falefal-stop restaurant. I have a plant growing in a 3-inch wide trench and ... Read More »