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Flowering Vines for Trellises

An arbor or trellis is generally recommended when growing climbing vines. The trellis serves the purpose of giving the plant a support structure while allowing easier access for pruning and maintenance. Many flowering vines are particularly suited for trellis life and can provide a beautiful floral display in addition to adding an element of privacy to your yard. Here are some of our favorite flowering vines for trellises.


The bougainvillea is a plant made up of thorny, woody vines. It has small white flowers that are surrounded by multiple colored bracts such as orange, pink, and purple. They can grow up to 40 feet tall. Bougainvilleas are ideal for zones 9 and 10 because they prefer areas that have low rainfall and intense heat. They need at least five hours of direct sun and cannot survive well in freezing temperatures.

To maintain a bougainvillea it’s important to avoid frequent watering. Water only when the soil is visibly dry. Pruning also aids in the growth of a bougainvillea and should be done every four to six weeks after each flowering cycle.


The clematis plant is also ideal to grow on a trellis as it consists of leaflets and leafstalks that twist, turn, and climb. The plant is a wood deciduous vine that is made up of flowers that have four to eight petals which come in colors such as red, purple, pink, and white. They grow best in zones 4 and up and tend to bloom more intense in shady areas. Clematis do require a few hours of sun but not much.

During dry seasons a person must water the plant once a week and renew mulch in late spring. Pruning can be done annually. With proper maintenance and care a clematis can survive for 25 years or more.

Moonflower Vine

The moonflower vine produces creamy white flowers that are 5 to 6 inches wide when opened. The flowers are surrounded by large green leaves. They can grow up to 40 feet in height and grow best in full sun. They are ideal to grow in zones 9 to 11 and cannot survive cold weather. Moonflower vines are unique in that they bloom when the sun sets and close when the sun rises. During bloom they offer a sweet scent that gently fills the garden air.

To maintain a moonflower vine a person must water frequently and prune after each frost. The plant should also be checked frequently for bugs and any dying leaves should be removed. Trimming also encourages the moonflower vine’s growth.

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine (or trumpet creeper) is made up of woody vines that have colorful trumpet-shaped petals. The petals are commonly bright orange but can also come in yellow or red. The vines are extremely heavy so they require a sturdy structure and should not be planted near a house or building.

The trumpet vine can grow more than 30 feet within one season and grows better in zones 4 to 10. It can take three or more years for a trumpet vine to establish before it blooms. To ensure proper blooming this plant requires 5-6 hours of sun and frequent pruning.


Wisteria plants consist of woody climbing vines that turn either clockwise or counter clockwise to help them climb. They require lots of space to not overrun other plants and nearby buildings. Consistent pruning can stop this vine from overtaking an area. The vines consist of 9 to 19 leaflets and cluster flowers that are 12 to 18 inches in length. The flowers tend to be pink, purple, violet, or white.

Wisteria plants are ideal to grow in zones 5 to 8 and require at least 6 hours of sun while preferring fertile, moist soil. Excessive fertilizer should be avoided because it can affect the plant’s blooming ability.

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