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Low Maintenance Tropical Vine

Posted by Ventura_Coach Z 11 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 13, 05 at 15:49

Hi there,
I have a tropicalesque backyard. I recently installed a small pond with a fountain near a wooden fence, but would like to cover the fence with a vine (got any other ideas?). However, I'd really like to have something that looks tropical, but doesn't have much flower or leaf drop, because I dont want to have to continually clean the fountain. The fence faces south and has filtered light from 3 queen palms. I have 2 toddlers, so poisionous flowers aren't option.

Thanks so much.

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RE: Low Maintenance Tropical Vine

English Ivy might be your best bet. Maybe Asian Jasmine?

RE: Low Maintenance Tropical Vine

How about stephanotis (madagascar jasmine)? It may not flower much if it doesn't get too much sun, but I've seen them deep under eaves, very lush if it stays warm.

RE: Low Maintenance Tropical Vine

I have a large stephanotis vine on a covered porch. It gets morning sun and has been flowering all summer. It has a heavenly scent in the evening. You can smell it during the day but at night is when I can really smell it! It has almost no leaf drop but the flowers do fall off when spent. I wish they would get pollinated because I read they make big pear shaped fruits (not to eat) with seeds that you can plant. Been trying to layer or start a cutting but its taking forever...


Oops forgot to post a link for some tropical vines that might do well in your area (beware some on this list are poisonous) -gives some general ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: tropical vines

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