Do you have a patio wall that is blank and ugly? You never seem to find the right piece of art that can hang outside and look good year after year. How about a porch that needs some help for added color and beauty?
Try a climbing vine in a pot. These vines are easy to grow in a flowerpot and will add a vertical touch to your porch or patio décor. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started. Remember though that there are many types of climbers that will work good in a flowerpot so donít limit yourself to the ones listed below.
IVY Ė We all know Ivy and love it. You see it growing outside a traditional home as well as an English Tudor style. It is virtually one of the best climbers to pot and is great for beginners because of its hardy growth. Potted Ivy likes a wide and shallow container better than a narrow and deep one but that shouldnít limit you. This climber likes most size pots! Place around the outside of any garden planter where you want it to grow over the side. Set your garden container next to the wall you want it to grow on and attache it to make it climb as it grows. Beautiful.
CLIMBING HYDRANGEA Ė Everyone knows hydrangea. The smell and beautiful blooms make is a wonderful addition to any garden container. Since it can grow up to 70 feet long itís perfect for a patio wall or porch. The main thing to consider is the larger the planter you can handle the better. This time of climbing vine likes room to grow to stay healthy. Use a trellis in the planter and have the vine weave in and out of it to create a vertical barrier for privacy.
BOUGAINVILLEA Ė In Arizona, we all know this climbing shrub very well. Itís shocking pink blooms and sharp thorny vine make it unforgettable. It is super easy to grow and will add a tropical touch to any garden planter or porch railing. If you live in a harsh climate you will have to protect this potted shrub from winters cold. Place the pot next to a pillar and have it climb up creating a living explosion of color.
There are many climbers you can try like Sweet Pea, Jasmine, Black Eyed Susan, & Passion Flower. Donít limit yourself and create lovely garden planters and vertical gardens.