Spacious and decorative, vines need guidance

As promised, today, I will explain a little more about the differences between the various types of vines. All in all, they like to spread out and need support, but not all of them are gracious like the vine and passion fruit that belong to the third type of grapes (in the previous post I talked about the other two examples).

Passion fruit and vine are creepers that have a woody branch, which is entangled with a long tendril ( stem that comes out of the stem) and it clings forming small springs around the branches where it supports. In addition to grapes and passion fruit, which are evergreen plants, there are annual vines, such as sweet peas, eating peas, green beans, and beans.

The grapevine is a fruit tree that, besides the fruits, has peculiar beauty, due to the changes in the colors of its leaves, ranging from intense green to bright red at different times of the year. Needs pruning guidance in the early years and after adulthood, pruning for cleaning and preparation for harvest. The vine also requires a lot of care with the fertilizer. Its leaves are edible, commonly used to make grape leaf cigar, from Syrian-Lebanese cuisine.

But the passion fruit ( Passiflora coerulea ), the picture that opens this post, is an edible tropical fruit as well. The plant – a creeper – can have wild habits, but can be oriented to grow on a garden, bearing fruit for most of the year.

Finally, I am going to talk about a fourth species of a creeper, which has no kind of fixation feature: it merely depends on the gardener’s orientation to fix it through lashings. They are prostrate and very branched plants that spread on long branches, serving well for enclosures, pergolas, trellises, and slopes.

Below I made a list of some of these vines:

Snapping love ( Antygonon leptopus ) is a very popular creeper for the beauty of its pink heart-shaped flowers. There is also a white but rarer variety. It is easy to maintain, can be used near children and passages;

Malvavisco ( Lonicera japonica ) attracts bees and hummingbirds for the scent of the flowers and nectar it contains;

Alamandas ( Allamanda cantharis ) has yellow flowers. It is a native plant and very resistant to the Brazilian climate. It has medicinal properties. Ear oil is used. Produces encapsulated hedgehog seeds. Not recommended for children.

Spring or bougainvillea have woody thorns on the stems. It is a highly recommended plant for significant property currencies. Keep away from soccer fields and sports courts.

Jasmine ( Jasminum Officinale, Jasminum polyanthus ) blooms all year round and can be used for flavoring teas and sachets.

Wisteria ( Wisteria floribunda violacea, Wisteria Sinensis ) is a robust vine, well tolerant of dry and fresh climates. It blooms abundantly giving an intoxicating but sometimes nauseating scent, so it is not recommended to plant too close to windows. Its flowers are lilac in color, formed in multiple long bunches, giving a unique charm to gazebos and pergola walkways. One of the most famous was portrayed by the painter Claude Monet in the Giverny Garden, in the famous painting depicting the bridge over the lake of the Nymphs.

Thunbergia ( Thunbergia Grandiflora ) is very versatile and easy to handle the plant. Its flowering is bluish or violet. Quickly closes any enclosure and needs plenty of water. It attracts many beetles and bumblebees, so it should not be planted near outdoor pools and showers.

Jade ( Strongylodon macribotrys ) is a flower of remarkable beauty. In multiple clusters of emerald green flowers, it is much appreciated by slow-growing deliver birds and hanging floral curls over 50 cm in length.

Petreia ( Petrea Volubilis) is very adapted to the dry climate. Its flowers are abundant and purple. It can be used to make potpourri, for the beauty of the dried herbs, which keep the bluish-purple color for a long time.

The tear of Christ ( Clerodendrum ) is a vine often used to climb palm trunks. It likes semi-shaded places and flourishes abundantly with light, intertwined branches. Need support to climb. It has white flowers (sepals) with a red butterfly-shaped flower at the tip, in a very peculiar beauty.

Queen of the Night ( Hylocereus undatus ), pictured below, is a slow-growing cactus: it takes four years to bloom and has nightly flowering.

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