Speedy vines

Nine great summer bloomers

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Cup-and-saucer vine

  • Cup-and-saucer vine

Summer bloomers

Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata). Dark-throated tubular flowers in shades of orange, peach, pink, yellow, or white. Reaches 10 feet tall.

Bow tie vine (Dalechampia dioscoreifolia; also sold as Costa Rican butterfly vine). Showy purple bracts enclose tiny yellow flowers. Needs adequate warmth for abundant bloom. Tolerates light shade. To 16-25 feet.

Canary creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum). Feathery, bright yellow blooms. Prefers light shade. To 15 feet.

Climbing snapdragon (Asarina scandens). Tubular flowers in shades of purple, rose, or white. Great choice for containers. To 4-8 feet.

Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens). Large, bell-shaped flowers in rosy purple or white. Vigorous growth; to 25 feet.

Hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab). Purple flowers shaped like sweet pea blossoms are followed by magenta pods. To 10 feet.

Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor). Cheery, bell-shaped flowers in blue, pink, red, white, and many variations. To 8-15 feet.

Scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus). Scarlet flowers are followed by edible bean pods. To 15 feet.

Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata). Tubular flowers open red and fade to orange and cream. To 15 feet.

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