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Climbers

Vines or climbers create terrific focal points with their decorative flowers, foliage or berries!

Often grown over arbors, arches or pergolas, vines or climbers create terrific focal points with their decorative flowers, foliage or berries. Adding height to the landscape, they bring interest to dull walls or fences and contribute to magnificent backdrops for your beds and borders. Highly versatile, climbers may be used to provide shade to a sunny patio, soften the lines of the landscape or hide any undesirable garden feature. Climbers may be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. In doing so, make sure that you synchronize their flowering times and match their pruning requirements.

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Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine)

Grown for its attractive foliage and edible fruit, Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine) is a compact, deciduous climber that produces grape-sized, smooth-skinned, green fruits in late summer to early fall. While they are smaller than grocery store varieties, they are slightly sweeter and have an excellent flavor.

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Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit)

Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit) is a vigorous, deciduous, woody-stemmed, twining climber with broadly ovate, heart-shaped, lustrous mid-green leaves, 5-8 in. long (12-20 cm). Slightly fragrant clusters of cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers are borne in late spring.

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Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine)

Prized for its flamboyant foliage, Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine) is a large vigorous deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), some in solid green, others white-splashed green and others heavily variegated with pink.

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Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine)

Creating a sparkling effect, Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine) is a vigorous, scrambling/twining, deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped, dark green leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), adorned with silvery-white tips - as if each leaf has been dipped in paint.

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Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)

Vigorously spreading, Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine) is a dainty semi-evergreen, twining, woody vine with dangling racemes of small, wine-red flowers with a spicy, chocolate fragrance in spring. The blooms stand out against the bright green foliage of elliptic leaflets which becomes purple flushed in cold weather.

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Allamanda blanchetii (Purple Allamanda)

Vigorous and fast-growing, Allamanda blanchetii (Purple Allamanda) is an evergreen tropical shrubby climber boasting ravishing rose-purple trumpet flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), over a long season. Blooming in succession for months in summer and fall - all year in tropical conditions, each flower features 5 partially overlapping rounded lobes of pink to reddish purple color, more intense in the throat.

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Allamanda cathartica (Golden Trumpet)

Spectacular in bloom, Allamanda cathartica (Golden Trumpet) is an evergreen tropical shrubby climber boasting deep golden yellow trumpet flowers, 5 in. across (12 cm), over a long season. Blooming in succession for months throughout the summer to the first frost - all year in tropical conditions, the fragrant blossoms may be single or double.

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Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)

Pleasantly fragrant, Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster) is a climbing, deciduous perennial boasting a profusion of showy daisy-like flowers, 1-3 in. wide (2-7 cm), with pale lavender to pink rays surrounding sunny yellow centers. Blooming for weeks from late summer until frost, the blossoms are borne on slender woody stems bearing narrowly oval, dark green leaves.

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Antigonon leptopus (Coral Vine)

Long-lived, Antigonon leptopus (Coral Vine) is a vigorous, fast-growing, tuberous-rooted, tendril-climbing tropical vine boasting dense trusses of bright coral-pink, sometimes red or white, flowers. They bloom for months in summer - all year in tropical conditions.

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Apios americana (American Groundnut)

Apios americana (American Groundnut) is a slender, herbaceous perennial climber boasting compact racemes of scented pea-like flowers in mid summer to fall. Pale brown outside, the blossoms are dark, reddish-brown inside. Borne in the leaf axils, they are followed by edible bean-shaped fruits, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm) in late summer. The alternate egg-shaped leaves are pinnately compound and most often exhibit 5-7 pointed leaflets, up to 2 in. long (5 cm).

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Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe)

Picturesque and reliable, Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) is a vigorous deciduous climber with large, heart-shaped leaves, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), deep green above and pale-silver beneath. Carried in a shingle-like pattern, they overlap to create a dense cloak on a trellis, arbor, fence or wall. In late spring to early summer, unusual pipe-shaped flowers dangle down from the leaf axils.

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Berberidopsis corallina (Coral Plant)

Adding an exotic touch to the garden, Berberidopsis corallina (Coral Plant) is a woody evergreen climber with gracefully arching shoots clothed in large, heart-shaped, dark green leaves. In late summer to early fall, their tips are adorned with pendant clusters of ruby-red flowers, hanging like porcelain drop earrings.

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Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine)

Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine) is a large woody vine with distinctive smooth, green bark and ovate to elliptic leaves, up to 2.5 in. long (4 cm), with wavy margins and prominent veins. In spring to early summer, small greenish white flowers, arranged in open clusters, are produced on short lateral branchlets. They are followed by fleshy, oblong, dark blue, inedible berries which mature in fall. The fruits are devoured by birds and small mammals.

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Bignonia capreolata (Cross Vine)

A showstopping native to the southeastern United States, Bignonia capreolata (Cross Vine) is a fast growing, self-clinging, woody vine with a profusion of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), in bright shades of orange, yellow or red. Regarded as one of the most floriferous of the vining plants, it is practically smothered in large clusters of 2 to 5 colorful blossoms in mid spring, with intermittent summer blooms.

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Bougainvillea 'California Gold'

One of the top performing yellow Bougainvillea varieties, 'California Gold' is a free-flowering, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of warm golden yellow, papery bracts surrounding tiny creamy-white flowers.

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