Tangerine Crossvine
Vines are a wonderful way to decorate vertical surfaces with lovely shades of green as well as colorful flowers.

Queen’s Wreath

This is especially valuable in southwestern gardens where vines can help moderate the heat that re-radiates from a wall or used to create filtered shade when they are grown up on a pergola or patio roof.

Pink Bower Vine

I have grown several types of vines during my years living and gardening in the desert southwest and have shared my 10 favorite vines in my latest article for Houzz.

Do you have a favorite vine?

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

10 replies
  1. FlowerLady Lorraine
    FlowerLady Lorraine says:

    Good morning Noelle ~ I have the crossvine, and the Pink Bower Vine, I also have a Queen's Wreath vine, but it is the Petrea Volubilis, with purple flowers. Also have the Trumpet creeper, plus others that are not shown here. Almost too many to handle. 🙂

    Thanks for posting this.


  2. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi Lorraine,

    It is so nice to hear from you. I hope that you have had a good summer. I expect, that like me, you are looking forward to some cooler weather soon. I have seen the Petrea volubilis and it is beautiful. It's somewhat marginal in our area, but I see it a lot in California.

    I hope all is well with you!


  3. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi la chick,

    Some of them are frost tender, but the Carolina jasmine, tangerine crossvine, purple lilac vine and Lady Bank's rose should remain relatively free from frost damage during normal winters in the Phoenix area.

    I hope you try one 🙂

    Noelle -AZ Plant Lady

  4. Kristine Olson
    Kristine Olson says:

    In regard to the Carolina jasmine, tangerine crossvine,, purple lilac vine, and Lady Bank’s rose…Will they do OK in full sun?

    • arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
      arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

      Hi Kristine,

      If you are talking about an area that gets hot, afternoon sun – that is a very hard exposure for vines to handle. All but the Carolina jasmine (which does best in light shade), can handle east and south-facing exposures though. I hope this helps!


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