Flowering vines have an unmistakable grandeur; from their willowy, woody trails to the charming flowers they bear, it’s easy to fall in love with them. Vines are climbing plants with long stems and a trailing growth habit. They use tendrils, twining stems, or aerial roots to trail and climb, particularly around sturdy support structures.
Interestingly, vines evolved to climb to have a competitive advantage over other plants by growing out of reach of herbivores. It also gives them better access to sunlight, nutrients and water
Even when their roots prefer shady, fertile soil, they strive over rocks and other plants to grow in full sun. After settling in their desired conditions, flowering vines produce blossoms that show their charm and can add visual interest to a landscape. So if you’re looking for flowering vines that bloom all summer, we’ve got you covered.
Read on to discover the varieties you can have in your garden.
1. Black-Eyed Susan Vine
The black-eyed Susan vine of the Thunbergia alata variety can be an annual or perennial. Still, people often confuse them with Rudbeckia hirta, a black-eyed Susan plant of a different growing habit.
Native to East Africa, this vine can trail eight feet in a single season and, if left unattended, in ideal conditions, stretch to 20 feet! They make excellent plants for hanging baskets. It thrives in fertile, well-draining soil and prefers full sun exposure because of its tropical origins. In hot, dry climates, it’s best to grow the vine in partial shade to prevent leaf scorch.
In addition, the black-eyed Susan vine needs a sturdy support structure to cling to. Because it is self-seeding, it can be invasive, so it’s best to dedicate a lattice, fence, hanging basket, or trellis for the plant to thrive.
Black-eyed Susan repeatedly blooms throughout the summer, boasting many flowers that attract pollinators. Each flower has five petals, usually rounded, heart, or salver-shaped, and embellished with a distinct reddish-black pistil.
2. Chinese Wisteria
The Chinese Wisteria, also known as Wisteria Sinensis, is a flowering vine that boasts sweet-smelling blossoms in various colors from late spring and summer. While this flowering vine is native to China, it differs from its North American twin in growing habits and seed shape. But, it can take a long time for them to flower, sometimes up to 20 years especially if planted by seed. So, patience is key when caring for this climbing vine.
In some parts of the USA, the Chinese Wisteria is considered invasive because of its aggressive growth habit. At maturity, it can measure up to 40 feet and be heavy because of its flower clusters. It’s important to plan where the Wisteria will climb, as its extensive root system can damage walls and pathways.
Hang Wisteria from sturdy support structures such as a metal or wooden pergola or archway, facing the sun with its roots in moist and fertile soil.
Note: All parts of the Wisteria are toxic. Please keep children and pets away from where it blooms to avoid accidental ingestion.
3. Tangerine Beauty Crossvine
The tangerine beauty crossvine is native to Texas and is referred to as the new Texas Superstar. It is known as a crossvine because of the cross-shaped pattern inside its crosscut stem.
Its trumpet-shaped flowers are a favorite among hummingbirds and bees. With sunset-shade blossoms, yellow throats, and dense foliage, the Texas Superstar can grow anywhere between 15 and 20 feet tall in ideal conditions.
This sun-loving flowering vine can tolerate soggy and dry soils but does best in well-drained, fertile soil. The tangerine beauty can grow without support and easily climbs masonry and tree bark. If you plant it to climb up a trellis, ensure its vines are spaced six feet apart to make room for its dense spread.
Pro-Tip: Prune the tangerine beauty crossvine after it finishes flowering to keep it in check. To boost flower growth, train the stems not to crowd one another. And if you don’t want vines to spread, remove the root suckers.
Bougainvillea is named after a French navigator and admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville, who noticed the plant in Brazil in 1768. With 14 species, and 250 varieties, this popular tropical flowering vine is relatively easy to care for and maintain.
Bougainvilleas thrive in the sun and can tolerate hot and dry weather, with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but won’t thrive in anything below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, the bougainvillea can be hard to spot since it blooms in multiple colors like orange, yellow, white, pink, red, and purple.
But the “flowers” you see are paper-thin leaves called bracts. The actual flower is white and sits comfortably at the center of the bracts. At maturity, bougainvillea can measure up to 20 feet tall.
Unfortunately, bougainvillea plants don’t naturally attach themselves to support, so you’ll need to train them, especially if you want them to grow across a wall. As it grows on a trellis or wire guide, tie its stems and heavy branches with twist ties to maneuver its growth in your desired pattern.
Note: Bougainvilleas are great flowering vines, but don’t plant them near a swimming pool. The bracts can blow everywhere and clog up filters, causing water quality issues and pressure, among other things.
5. Morning Glory
Morning glory vines boast dreamy appeal with their velvety, heart-shaped leaves. This fast-growing climber bears flowers in many shades, including red, pink, blue, purple, and white. Morning glory vine blooms throughout summer until frost sets in and measures a maximum of 10 feet.
Morning glory attracts hummingbirds to your garden and is easy to maintain. They’re great for trellises and pergolas, and you’d need to prune them often as they can be an aggressive climber. These flowering vines thrive in full sun and prefer well-drained soil.
Pro-Tip: To encourage more blooms and prevent the vines from taking over your garden, prune occasionally, and deadhead spent flowers. Also, watch out for cotton aphids! If you see wilting or crinkling leaves, your plant needs help.
6. Climbing Hydrangea
Blooming from late spring and peaking in summer, the climbing hydrangea features fragrant blossoms and leathery heart-shaped leaves. This heavy flowering vine needs substantial support for climbing masonry, trees, and columns.
Climbing hydrangeas enjoy full sun exposure but need partial shade in hot weather. Climbing hydrangeas prefer moist, well-drained soil and can attract bees to your garden. It can grow over 60 feet in ideal conditions over the years.
Note: If you spot curling leaves or brown spots on your climbing hydrangea, your plant may be battling a fungal disease or powdery mildew. Learn to make homemade powdery mildew spray to keep your flower disease-free.
7. Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle
Dropmore Scarlet, ‘Lonicera x brownii‘ is a hardy flowering vine known for its tubular, scarlet flowers whose trumpet shape blooms flare open to reveal their stark orange throats. But, if you want to start a pollinator garden, you can’t go wrong with Scarlet honeysuckle’s intense and fruity-smelling flowers.
After blooming from early summer to fall, the honeysuckle’s flowers eventually give way to small bright red berries, which attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Reaching a maximum height of up to 20 feet, have this flowering vine climb across sun-facing arbors, to relish its stunning blooms.
Pro-Tip: Prune this plant only when it’s dormant (late fall to early spring). If the plant has overgrown, cut it back to 1-1.5 feet above the ground when it’s dormant, leaving a few strong buds to encourage growth.
8. Butterfly Vine
The enchanting butterfly vine, mascagnia macroptera, also known as the yellow orchid vine, goes through transformations like the transfixing insect that shares its name. This heat-loving vine, can climb fences and trellis with its twining stems.
It bears glossy, linear-shaped leaves and blooms forth clusters of vividly yellow orchid-shaped flowers at the start of spring. The five-petaled blossoms transform into ‘winged’ paper-thin seed pods, which turn tan to brown (in color) as they mature and resemble a butterfly.
The yellow orchid vine can grow to 20 feet and thrives in full sun or partial shade. This somewhat aggressive climber is relatively low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant.
Pro-Tip: Since butterfly vine doesn’t cling, it needs support to climb, so a chain-link fence or a lattice is ideal for helping it thrive.
Watch Them Climb!
If you’re looking for flowering vines to create a wow effect, you can’t go wrong with these flowering vines for non-stop summer blooms in your garden. Flowering vines provide privacy, attract pollinators, and look stunning in all their glory.
Hopefully, this article inspired you and helped you create a relaxing yet head-turning backyard. As always, let us know your experiences, opinions, and questions in the comment section down below. Also, don’t forget to share this article if you found it helpful.