Speedy vines

Nine great summer bloomers


Dotted with rosy peach blooms a black-eyed Susan vine climbs over the archway of Pam Brady and Jeff Higgin's home in San Juan Capistrano CA.

Steven Gunther

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In a hurry for summer color? Chances are your nursery has a morning glory or black-eyed Susan vine already growing in a container. Just pop it into the ground or a large pot and watch it race to the sky. You'll have a tower of flowers in no time.

Containerized summer vines are a growing trend, thanks to innovative wholesale growers like Log House Plants in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The firm was one of the first to supply nurseries with starter plants, giving gardeners a faster option than sowing seeds. The vines listed below are the most widely available. Look for them in 4-inch, 1-gallon, even 5-gallon sizes.

Give your plant a sunny location, moderate water, and some type of support. If transplanting into the ground, plant near an existing arbor, pergola, or fence or make a tepee of bamboo poles. If you prefer to start annuals from seed, sow directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed.


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