The secret to vines is knowing when to plant, and knowing that the vine you plant in the ground may not look like the vine of your dreams—but it soon will. A huge variety of vines that are planted as tiny little things in fall quickly show their strength and vigor. Read up and plant away. It's time to get growing!
Clematis armandii "Snowdrift"
C. armandii is an evergreen variety of clematis. That means when your neighbor's vines are crumbling away in fall, you'll be enjoying pretty, waxy leaves of light green.
GROWING GUIDE: Interplant C. armandii with non-evergreen vines for color and foliage all year long. If you choose a vine that blooms at a different time as your C. armandii, you've got color even longer.
Vitis vinifera "Black Monukka"
Did you know "Black Monukka" are the most common type of raisin grape? They're also fantastic as shade-producing plants, but will lose their large leaves come winter.
GROWING GUIDE: If you want a crop of grapes (or raisins), consider putting in more than one plant. Keep in mind—you've got to place them 8- to 9-feet apart. That's how big they get!
These flowers are unapologetically fragrant. Jasmine flowers can be white, pink or yellow but one thing's guaranteed: Sweet, sultry smells scent breezes from spring to summer.
GROWING GUIDE: Plant in a warm, sunny, protected spot. Given this kind of location, J. stephanense will perfume the air for months at a time, especially during the evening. They can stand some shade, but don't love it.
Humulus lupulus "Centennial"
Not every vine is grown for showy flowers. Far from it. Hops have rough leaves and a certain rugged aesthetic, but their true redeeming quality is the light-green, cone-shaped flower used by brewers in beermaking.
GROWING GUIDE: The common hop plant grows vigorously in summer, up to a foot a day . They're great for shade, but will die back completely come winter. Harvest mature flowers once they are papery and dry. You can use them in teas, tinctures and for making beer.
Ficus carica "Desert King"
Just because you need to cover a wall, fence or trellis, and maybe want a low-maintenance shade-providing plant doesn't mean you can't have a harvest too. Plant edible figs and have it all!
GROWING GUIDE: Choose a full-sun location for your figs. Vines love sun; fruiting vines need sun. You should get two harvests a year: one from the old-wood growth, and another in early fall from new growth.
Campsis x taliabuana "Indian Summer"
Here's one that solves the common vine "issue" of having to wait so long for the good stuff. "Indian Summer" blooms heavily in its first season. Expect bright red-orange flowers from spring to high summer.
GROWING GUIDE: This trumpet vine variety stays somewhat small when supported by a fence or trellis. Its calling card will always be those long-lasting, colorful blooms.