New Use for Vines

I love using vines in the garden.

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.

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.  

Even when not in flower, their bright green foliage adds beauty and a visually cooling element to the landscape.

**When purchasing vines, I recommend buying them during their bloom season because they aren't always stocked in the nursery when they aren't in flower.

A word of caution when growing vines.  Some vines can become invasive - particularly in humid areas with mild winters.  However, this is rarely a problem in the desert Southwest because of our arid climate.


FlowerLady said...

What a gorgeous vine and wonderful way to use it, as ground cover.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Rohrerbot said...

That's a great way to use that vine. You know, it doesn't seem to anything for me here in Tucson. They just don't look good here. I know people who have them but I think it gets too cold. I went up to Phoenix this weekend and this vine is really lovely...but down blooms nada. Well except the ones you buy at the garden center right now and put in pots...but those don't count IMHO. But I like the groundcover idea.

Rohrerbot said...

Oops...forgot to mention...referring to the Lilac Vine:) The Pink Bower does fine here:)

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Oh, I thought I recognised it! Hardenbergia is a native Aussie plant.


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