I know that when I say that I’m crazy about vines there will be many people who think I’m certainly crazy, like crazy. Yes, vines can be invasive, rampant and, if left unchecked, downright destructive – but I love them anyway.
My love for growing vines
What is not to love? Most vines grow so quickly that you can practically see them grow, which is magical for me. Many carry wonderful flowers and other sublime fruits. They can be used to create a private oasis in an increasingly public world.
Yes, I see the point of opponents who say that they can also take on a garden, an annex, a tree or even a house, but these people lack the courage to tame the chaotic vine. Because, yes, for the most part it is true that screws have a tendency to get out of hand. Even those who seem trained in submission can get tossed, take control, or elicit an unwanted second, third or fourth screw, all while turning their backs. However, the vines are divine.
In my garden, I have a total of seven perennial vines. Of course, those are only the perennial vines. In my defense, I have good reason … a house surrounded by an ugly chain link fence. If you have a chain link fence, then you know it’s like being in a boring fish bowl. The grapevine project began as a way to provide some solitude, but in an attractive way; and in the process, I discovered true worship for everything related.
Vines in the Landscape
I planted trumpet vines, a climbing rose, two resistant grapes (one white and one red), clematis, akebia and a climbing hydrangea. So far I have had no problems with any of them, except for the trumpet. One note of caution, if you move your trumpet, make sure you get ALL the roots or you’ll see more trumpet lives, whether you want it or not. I’m just saying.
Oh, and actually there is another vine in my landscape that I almost forgot about because it was here when I bought the house: the Virginia creeper. The Virginia creeper has practically taken control of the city where I live and can be found wild and hidden on telephone poles, abandoned buildings, you name it.
I rather like my Virginia creeper, and yet, this is a vine that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It has sprung up in different areas of my landscape, but I can’t find it in my heart to eradicate it. After all, he’s just doing what the vines do.
In the end, I didn’t finish with the screws. I have others that I would like to plant and probably will. The key to growing vines in the landscape is letting them know who the boss is. This means keeping an eye on them and, if necessary, rigorously handling pruners. Go boldly forward with your loppers and don’t let the vines smell of fear.