Perennial Flowering Vines

Your only difficulty with perennial flowering vines may be too many choices.

Climbing flowering vines can do wonders, adding a magnificent new dimension to your sunroom or patio.

perennial flowering vines, bougainvillea flowers, bougainvillea

Bougainvillea (shown above) needs lots of warmth and sunshine to grow and flower. This twining climber loves to bask on a sun-drenched patio. If you live where winters are cold, pot your bougie in a trellis planter so you can scoot it indoors and enjoy late-season blooms.

passion flower vine, perennial flowering vine, tropical vine

Passion flower vine is native to the South American rainforests where it clings to the trunks of trees using its tendrils.

Warmth, direct sun and humidity will help this tropical plant to thrive. This is another warm-natured vine you can grow outdoors, then bring inside for more months of blooms in a sunny window.

Support Your Vines

Some perennial flowering vines will become woody (and heavy) over time and need good support. 

Unless you live in a year-round warm climate, pot your vines in a trellis planterWhich one you choose depends on what you want your vine to do -- offer privacy to a patio, add a vertical feature, or simply give a space some color. Some planters are on wheels to make the transition indoors and out an easy one.

These reusable plant ties are the easiest I've found for tying stems to a trellis or other support. Durable, Velcro tape is soft enough to hold the most delicate flower stems, yet strong enough to hold up heavy vines. No more struggling to tie knots in hard-to-reach places.

glory lily, gloriosa superba, flowering vine, tropical vine

Glory Lily (shown at right) is a vigorous climber from tropical Africa. Those backswept, wavy petals are spectacular, vibrant yellow at the center and red at their tips. 

Its slender stems have twining tendrils, which cling to other plants in the wild, climbing several feet in its native tropical habitat. Give it a trellis or something to climb, attaching its stems with florist's wire as it grows. 

Gloriosa superba is a stunning plant, but not commonly grown indoors. All parts of this beautiful plant are extremely poisonous, especially the tuberous roots. It is not a good choice for homes with children or pets.

golden trumpet, golden trumpet vine, allamanda cathartica, perennial flowering vine

Golden Trumpet (shown above) is a native of Brazil, treasured for its magnificent blooms that cover this vine all summer. Put it in your sunroom or on your'll give any sunlit spot a burst of color.

Mandevilla (shown above) is also a Brazilian beauty that will love a warm, sunny spot in your home. 

Another Brazil native is the twining Candy Corn VineGive this climber plenty of sunshine and you'll enjoy the reddish-orange-and-yellow flowers -- yep, like the candy -- all summer and into fall.

Scented Perennial Flowering Vines

Choose a scented flower vine and you'll also add delightful fragrance to your home.

jasmine, perennial flowering vine
hoya, wax plant, perennial flowering vine, flowering houseplant

Add beautiful fragrance to any room with Jasmine (shown above). Train this climber on a trellis to show off its scented, white starry flowers.

Keep Hoya (at left) indoors and you'll love its sweetly scented flower clusters for months on end. It's also called Wax Plant for its waxy-looking blooms. This is one of my favorites and is easy to grow, if kept in a sunny window.

You'll probably want to put enchanting Angel Trumpet Plant on your deck or patio for the summer to give it the light it needs to bloom. Its delightful fragrance will attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well as compliments from passersby.

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