A Vine Sampler

lonicerahalliana (300x297)Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ – A long-blooming Japanese Honeysuckle with highly fragrant white flowers that age to pale yellow, borne from June to October. It tolerates part to full sun exposures and has semi-evergreen foliage. Hall’s Honeysuckle is considered an invasive species in some US states. Attracts hummingbirds. Grows 15-30′ high. Hardy to zone 4.

clemzara (300x297)Clematis ZARA (syn. ‘Evipo062’) – This free-flowering compact Clematis is part of Raymond Evison’s Boulevard Collection. It bears large pale blue flowers (nicely contrasted by creamy-yellow stamens) from May through to September. Hard prune (Group C) in early spring down to about 1′ high. A good choice for containers. Grows 3-4′ high by 2′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

actinidiapilo (294x300)Actinidia pilosula – A hard to find variegated Kiwi species with separate male and female plants, and lance-shaped dark green leaves with irregular white (occasionally a hint of pink) tip variegation or entirely white leaves. This native of China bears pink flowers from May to June followed by edible yellow-green fruit on female plants. Grows to 24′ high. Hardy to zone 6.

wiscaroline2 (287x300)Wisteria sinensis ‘Caroline’ (also listed as Wisteria floribunda) – A large deciduous vine with compound green foliage that emerges a coppery tint. It blooms at a young age with fragrant lilac-blue pendulous flower racemes borne from May to June. Wisteria require sturdy support and should not be allowed to twine through fine trellis work. Grows 20-28′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

akebia2 (300x299)Akebia quinata ‘Rosea’ – A rare cultivar of Chocolate Vine with fragrant pale purplish-pink three-petaled flowers borne from March to early May, depending on location. It is a semi-evergreen plant with compound leaves and five rounded leaflets. Unusual blue fruits are occasionally produced with cross-pollination. Part to full sun. Grows 15-25′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

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