With August came rain and relief from the terrible heat. When it's not raining, the humidity is still high so l feel uncomfortable working outside, but I'm happy to have a break from watering. I am sad, however, to see that many of my perennial flowers have started the downslide to autumn: forming seeds, dying back, flopping over. My garden has definitely passed its peak, so rather than record what is/is not blooming right now, I will document my love affair with vines.
An important element of English cottage-garden style is vertical interest. The reason may be that in England growing 'upwards' solves the problem of gardening in a small space. You can create vertical interest with fences, walls, screens, trees, tall shrubs and structures such as arbors and pergolas. I use all those vertical elements in my garden and enhance them with my favorite vines. Clematis is top of my list ...
|Clematis growing over a tuteur.|
Forgive me if I show photographs you have seen in my previous postings, but this one bears a repeat performance ...
|Clematis over the kitchen-garden fence.|
|Clematis Jackmanii 'Tie Dye'|
Sweet autumn clematis is not for everyone, as it can be extremely aggressive, especially in areas where there are no killing frosts. I just cut it right down to the ground after it has finished its fall blooming, and it comes back the next year to climb to the top of the wrought iron trellis.
|Sweet Autumn Clematis clematis ternifolia|
The same trellis has another clematis and a rose climbing its front ('sweet autumn' is on the back of the structure).
|Clematis x Jackmanii 'Mrs. Cholmondeley'|
|Climbing rose Rosa 'Iceberg'|
|Climbing rose Rosa 'Improved Blaze"|
|Rosa multiflora in the Woodland Walk|
|Multiflora rose grows over the arbor at the entrance to the Woodland Walk.|
|Multiflora rose blossoms|
|Clematis and Grape Vine over the deck.|
|The grape vine over the pergola makes the deck a shady retreat.|
|The grape vine has many bunches of grapes forming this year.|
|Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervivens over the arbor into the shade garden.|
I talked about my red honeysuckle in my last posting, How I Beat the Heat.
|Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervivens|
|L. sempervirens 'John Clayton'|
The slow growing climbing hydrangea has not bloomed for me yet. Actually, it may never bloom as it is in full shade, and it would like to receive a little sun. The attractive cinnamon bark in winter makes it very desirable.
|Climbing Hydrangea Hydrangea anomala|
|Japanese Hydrangea Vine Schizophragma hydrangeoides|
Virginia creeper grows profusely in the Woodland Walk. It makes a thick groundcover as well as vining up some of the trees there.
|Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia|
My favorite annual vine, black-eyed Susan vine, grows in a planter in the Stone Garden where I plant it every year in full shade. I place the planter in this spot to hide the air-conditioner unit.
|Black-eyed Susan vine Thunbergia|
It often flowers more profusely through the back of the trellis, which we can see from the dining-room window ...
Finally, in the kitchen garden, pole beans provide vertical interest, and make a wonderful tepee for our grandchildren ...
What is your favorite vine?
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