Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #8

The trumpet vine is so vigorous a grower, if you plant it, realize you will need to devote some time to keeping it in check. It has a tendency to climb right over fences, walls and other fixed objects. Be sure the structure that supports it is a strong one, as the weight of the vine becomes considerable as the plant matures. Fortunately, its vigor is matched by its beauty and except for regular trimming, its needs are few.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers, which fall away cleanly once they've finished blooming. It requires regular water, but not an abundance and it is hardy in many climates. The flowers come in pale purple and an orangish red. Word is that a yellow variety is available, but not that we've seen.

The vine stays green all year and depending on your climate, will bloom up to 9 months straight.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

What glorious trumpet vines