Exotic-Looking Vines

bilardiera (300x300)Billardiera longiflora – With common names such as Purple Apple Berry and Climbing Blueberry, it is not hard to discern that the metallic purplish-blue fruits are the main attraction. This Australian native bears fragrant greenish-cream bell-shaped flowers in summer. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and will attract birds. Grows 6 to 10′ high. Hardy to zone 8.

cestrumnewellii (300x292)Cestrum ‘Newellii’ (syn. Cestrum fasciculatum ‘Newellii’) – This evergreen shrub is often grown as a climber and can even be trained as a flowering hedge in warmer regions. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with clusters of waxy crimson tubular blooms from summer through to fall. This native of Mexico will also attract hummingbirds. Grows 10′ high. Zone 8.

schizephragma (290x300)Schizophragma hydrangeoides – The Japanese Hydrangea Vine is much more delicate looking than your typical climbing hydrangea with its serrated, heart-shaped leaves which turn a beautiful clear yellow in autumn. The white lacecap blooms (up to 10″ across) are borne midsummer and feature tapered marginal bracts. It attaches itself by aerial roots. Grows 20-30′ high. Zone 5.

campsisred (300x297)Campsis radicans ‘Flamenco’ – This red-flowered cultivar of Trumpet Vine blooms on new wood from late summer through to fall. They are vigorous climbers (so be sure your arbors / pergolas are sturdy) with compound green leaves that are deciduous in nature. Trumpet Vines prefer full sun and will attract the local hummingbirds. Grows 25-30′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

bougcalifornia (300x292)Bougainvillea ‘Delta Dawn’ –  A beautifully variegated Bougainvillea with simple mint green leaves generously edged in creamy-white. Even the peachy-orange bracts are a bit out of the ordinary and compliment the foliage nicely. It is best grown in a container or hanging basket in coastal BC so it can be overwintered indoors. Grows 15-20′ high. Hardy to zone 9.

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