I hope this is in the right forum. I would just like to know what type of natural growth, that I can plant, would be best for a trellis on the front side of a porch. Thank you.
May 27, 2013, 07:35 PM
you have sun? and how many hours? what smells the best to you in the flower mart?
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
May 27, 2013, 08:31 PM
In what climate zone do you live?
Do you want perennials or annuals?
May 30, 2013, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by swschrad: you have sun? and how many hours? what smells the best to you in the flower mart?
Most of time it's sunny all day. The porch faces the south and the trellis is about 9 inches in from the overhang. I'm thinking ivy but people are advising against it.
May 30, 2013, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by GardenSprite: In what climate zone do you live?
Do you want perennials or annuals?
I haven't looked up the zone yet, but I'm at an elevation of 4,500 ft. in Central Arizona. It's pretty mild year round with the most of the rain coming in the monsoon season, which is now.
Perennials. I want something that just requires the minimal amount of maintenance and the maximum amount of shade.
May 30, 2013, 08:18 PM
I'm a bit confused; perhaps I misunderstood your answers. In your response to Swschrad, you state that the trellis area is mostly sunny. In your response to me you state that you want perennials which require a maximum amount of shade. Could you clarify?
Ivy can be very aggressive and would likely move from your trellis to the house and keep on climbing.
If you want flowers, here's some info on perennials for Arizona:
The only vine listed with which I have growing experience is honeysuckle, which will spread but isn't as tenacious as ivy. The fragrance is delightful, and the blooms last about 2 - 3 weeks in Michigan. I don't know how long they would last in AR. The foliage is attractive after the blooms are through.
Dozens and dozens of photos of allegedly Arizona tolerant vines:
The AZ climate is vastly different from Michigan, so I can't recommend anything personally. It's hard to be specific with recommendations without knowing the zone. But these are vines I would consider, and check for adaptability to your specific agricultural zone:
Clematis, snail, morningglory, moonflower, mina lobata, trumpet, and of course the queen of flowers: climbing roses. We have a vine called Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum Aubertii) which is absolutely beautiful with masses of frothly little white flowers, but it grows quite rapidly here in Michigan. The AZ climate might slow it down; it's worth considering.
I've been told that morning glories are invasive in the south. However, it's never been clarified if this applies to the wild or the hybrid varieties.
You might also want to check with your local agricultural extension service, or even nurseries, to find vines more specific to your zone.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Jun 06, 2013, 09:19 PM
Love "allegedly tolerant" vines!
Sedona, Prescott, where are you. Arizona has so many climates.... For lots of color, if you have room, you can't beat bougainvillaea, although it can be t*****. Snail vine may work and is less aggressive. I could be more helpful if I knew where you lived. Drive around town and see what grows is my best advice.
Jun 07, 2013, 10:59 AM
Wow, the censors are at work. Didn't like "thorn" plus a y.
Jun 07, 2013, 12:34 PM
Originally posted by mosternaz: Wow, the censors are at work. Didn't like "thorn" plus a y.
I've been trying to figure out what t***** could be that was so objectionable. Words like "redneck" and "jerkoff" are tolerated but t_h_o_r_n_y isn't. Go figure. Maybe it's some new colloquialism that hasn't reach my geriatric set yet.
Jun 07, 2013, 04:38 PM
you might like a vine called passion vine. I don't know if it will grow in your area so google it and see if it meets your criteria. It really has a beautiful flower, and isn't too aggressive