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Need Low maintenance flowering vine for arbor

Posted by mombay 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 29, 12 at 14:11

I have a five foot wide arbor which is situated just before a staircase going down to a sidewalk. At present it has Carolina Jasmine, a vigorous vine, growing on it which requires too much maintenance. The new growth shoots out in long branches making the arbor look like it's having a "bad hair day" shortly after being trimmed. Because of the stairway it's kind of dangerous to position ladders on the stair side for trimming. I expect to have to trim but hopefully not as often. I would like a vine that would cover the area reasonably soon but wouldn't have to be trimmed as often as the jasmine.

Any ideas will be very much appreciated.


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RE: Need Low maintenance flowering vine for arbor

All of the native Lonicera Sempervirens sorts do not grow with the vigor of Gelsemium sempervirens, and I especially like the sort named 'magnifica'. But check out, a PA nursery with a vast array of vines.
I also grow L. pericymenum, L. 'Mandarin' and L. tragophylla. Only periclymenum, among the three, has really taken off for me, while they do grow and bloom.
This spring I bought 3 everblooming climbing roses and they have been much more insect and disease resistant than roses from my childhood. A red, a yellow and a peach, with small blooms in clusters, and they are beautiful.

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