Vine suggestion for wire trellis over deck?

aandaindcMarch 12, 2008

We are looking for a vine with the following features:

-can grow in a container

-will grow on a horizontal wire trellis

-there is full sun for a few hours in the afternoon

-provide shade for our deck in the summer

-not too messy

-loses its leaves in the winter to allow sun to hit house

-doesn't attract bees

-grows quickly


-Washington, DC zone 7 location

All of those features would be great, we realize we may not be able to find all those features in one plant.

We'd also be interested in a more long-term option where the vine is planted in the ground and is trained up the 10' deck posts, but we believe that growing that distance would take much longer. We were thinking that possibly we could do a short-term vine from containers on the deck while we got something started in the garden below.

Any assistance is helpful here, we're totally new at this!



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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

Virginia creeper or Boston Ivy?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 4:09PM
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A Passiflora incarnata - wonderful vine - will need a wash tub-sized container, though.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 9:36AM
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Passiflora incarnata would be excellent, especially if planted in the ground. I also have some in containers....not as big as wash-tubs though!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2008 at 12:14AM
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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

I absolutely love my passiflora incarnata, it is actually hardy way up north here! Ony issue, bumble bees which don't bother people but scare the heck out of most of them, and...wasps, they absolutely love passi vines up here. I can't plant passion flower vines near walkways, or in pots near where there is people traffic as some of the brown wasps up here are very defensive of the plants. There is a gland on the leaves that exudes a nectar/sap that the wasps love.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2008 at 9:33AM
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zoohortmmm(USDA 4, CO)

You may want to consider five-leaved akebia, Akebia quinata, a very delicate vine from Japan and Korea. You can see it growing at Dumbarton Oaks. It has very curiously shaped, fragrant flowers in March or early April so bees are not a big problem. You may have to assist it in the early growing/training stages to get it started up the trellis but once established it will fulfill all your requirements.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 12:56PM
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