10 Vines for Southwestern Landscapes

Vine for Southwestern Garden, Tangerine Crossvine

Vine for Southwestern Garden, Tangerine Crossvine

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

Queen's Wreath

Queen’s Wreath

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

Vine for Southwestern Garden, Pink Bower Vine

Vine for Southwestern Garden, 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?

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Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, 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."
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  1. trav4adventures
    trav4adventures says:

    Thank you so much! I have a wrought iron fence between the garage and house and I'm looking for something to plant there. However, with a red tile roof, I don't want anything TOO invasive!

  2. 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.


  3. 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!


  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. Gerry Smith
    Gerry Smith says:

    Will the Carolina Jasmine live thru the very cold freeze we have had the last few weeks
    I am tired of loosing plants or covering them. Got down to 32 degrees several nites. What kind of flowering tree or plant would you recomend?

    Gerry Smith


  8. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    Hi! I’ve just moved into Marana, Az area from Tucson. I’ve decided to use a vine and trellis to block the view from my backyard patio door into the neighbor’s adjoining backyard and their patio door. Its full sun and south side of the house. What would you recommend and why. Thank you for your help! Deborah

  9. BJ Sagmoe
    BJ Sagmoe says:

    Hi Noelle…
    Is there a hardiness zone for heat? I live in Mesa, Az. would love to see a deciding factor for zone 9b regarding what plants can with stand the heat. I plan to try the Tangerine Crossvine very soon. Love your blog.

  10. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hello BJ,

    Great question! USDA planting zones only cover one aspect of the climate and completely disregards the heat of summer. There are Sunset Climate Zones, which take into account several factors including heat and cold. AHS Heat Zones are another that are based on the number of days per year above 86 degrees.

    Tangerine Cross Vine is a great choice!

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