Sow seeds directly in well-cultivated soil around the circumference of the tepee, except in front of the entrance. Train the vines up the poles and the twine. It takes about two months for the vines to cover the whole tepee.
Four pretty, fast vines to try
• Climbing nasturtium bears flowers in shades of orange to gold among broad green leaves.
• Hyacinth bean vine forms a dense green canopy; lots of violet, sweet pea-like flowers are followed by ornamental purple pods.
• Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) 'Heavenly Blue' bears 3- to 4-inch blue flowers; 'Pearly Gates' produces white ones of the same size. Note: All plant parts are poisonous.
• Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus) bears bright scarlet blossoms that develop into tasty shelling beans.
Seeds for these vines are available at nurseries, or you can order from Park Seed Co.; (800) 845-3369 or www.parkseed.com.