For Fast Coverage, Mix Annual and Perennial Vines

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Morning glories (here Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’) give fast cover.

Most perennial vines, that is climbing herbaceous plants and shrubs such as clematis, honeysuckle, or Boston ivy, grow slowly at first and can take 3 or 4 years (even longer in the case of climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) before really giving you the effect you’re looking for.

That being the case, while you’re waiting for them to perform, why not sow annual vines between the permanent ones: morning glories, sweet peas, runner beans, thunbergias, etc. Annuals will reach their full height (often 10 feet/3 m or more) during a single summer. When the permanent vines reach an interesting height and size, you can stop sowing the annuals!

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