Earlier this summer, I wrote about one of my favorite 'natural beauties' in the garden, Yellow Bells. Today, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite summer vines which is a wonderful example of 'natural beauty'.
Queen's Wreath vines grace the Arizona State University campus.
Queen Wreath Vine (Antigonon leptopus) is a wonderful asset to my garden. This 'natural beauty' is a vine that is native to Mexico and Central America. Stunning pink sprays of flowers appear in spring and last until the first frost. *In tropical areas, it can be considered invasive, but here in the desert, it is easily managed.
In our desert climate, they do require supplemental water, but no fertilizer is needed. Bees are attracted to the beautiful flowers and I love the pretty heart-shaped leaves.
A wall of Queen's Wreath at ASU
Queen's Wreath is a tough vine. It can grow in full sun including areas of reflected heat. It will also grow in light shade although flowering will be reduced.
The only maintenance required in my garden is pruning it back in winter once it dies back after the first frost. However the roots are hardy to 20 degrees F and in the spring, it quickly grows back with a trellis, fence or an arbor for support.
**My first experience with Queen's Wreath occurred when we bought our first home in Phoenix. There was a support made up of twine tied between two Palm trees. We had no idea why it was there, but it sure looked ugly. Well, before we had time to remove the twin support, beautiful, light green, heart-shaped leaves began climbing up the support and quickly covered it. Gorgeous sprays of pink flowers quickly followed, which was a pleasant surprise.
What natural beauties are enjoying in your garden this month?
I will be sharing another favorite 'natural beauty' from my garden soon.