Vines are a great accent to any outdoor living space, if you’re looking for a rustic and more traditional look. If you’re thinking of growing vines, you’ll need to know the ways your specific type of vine grows upward. Having this information will help you decide where to plant them and what kind of support you need to provide. Here are a few categories of vines that will help get you thinking about which type of vine may be right for you and your space. 

Twining Vines

Twining vines coil around their supports as they grow, so they need sturdy trellises or supports. This type of vine grows best in the sun or in light shade. Some examples of twining vines are Wisteria and Honeysuckle, which bloom in rich purples and bright yellows. 

Tendril Climbers

Tendril climbers are a type of vine that develops special leaf stalks that coil to keep the vine growing up and around. They like sun but can withstand some shade. Clematis and some varieties of grapes are examples of tendril vines and can bloom in deep purples. Tendril climbers typically like wire or narrow trellis supports.

Self-Clinging Vines

Self-clinging vines have adhesive pads that cling to a wall or surface without any other kind of support, and grow best in the sun or in light shade. They don’t damage brick or other surfaces, but they leave marks, especially on painted wood. Self-clinging vines include Climbing Hydrangea and Virginia Creeper.

Clinging Stem Vines

Clinging stem vines develop rootlets that burrow into supports and loops through older stems as the vines grow. This variety of vine needs a very sturdy support, such as a pergola to combat the strong and vigorous growth of the rootlets. Clinging stem vines grow best in partial shade or full sunlight and their colors range from deep green to red and orange tones. Examples include Climbing Euonymous and Trumpet Vine.

The support system for vines is an important consideration, as the wrong choice can damage the plant. You can use the support as an opportunity to add interesting decorations to your garden. Trellises, fences, and even pergolas come in many shapes, sizes, and designs so that you can personalize your feature. Vines are an artistic, aesthetically pleasing addition to your garden, and it’s important to get the right one for you and your space.