I have Pink Bower Vine growing in my entry, Purple Lilac Vine growing up the walls in my back garden and Pink Trumpet Vine by my vegetable garden.
But, did you know that you can grow some vines as a groundcover?
|Purple Lilac Vine (Hardenbergia violaceae)|
Years ago, I started using Purple Lilac Vines as groundcovers in the feature areas along golf courses.
I was surprised at how well they did. We pruned them back once they were finished flowering and then a little if needed.
Eleven years later, they are still growing along the golf course and look great.
I decided to plant a single Purple Lilac vine in my back garden (above), using it as a ground cover.
Purple Lilac vine is my favorite vine. The reasons are that they bloom in February and have beautiful, green leaves throughout the entire year. They do need a trellis for support if growing along a wall.
Unlike their common name, however, they don't smell like lilacs.
**I do recommend buying vines during their bloom season because they aren't always stocked in the nursery when they aren't in bloom.
A word of caution when growing vines. Some vines can become invasive - particularly in humid areas with mild winters. This is not a problem in the Desert Southwest however.