Boston Ivy

Vines for Trellis

Anna DeSimone added on March 3, 2018 | Answered

Your article on Boston ivy was wonderful. I am installing a 5 x 5 trellis on a sunny porch to help block wind. Any recommendations? I would love the fall color of boston ivy and the porch is surrounded by a very extensive flower garden, so don't need bloomers. Thanks, Anna

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Answered on March 3, 2018

There are 3 vines in the Parthenocissus genus, Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, and woodbine. All have good fall color, are good growers and will need some trimming to keep them the size you desire. Other options are clematis, honeysuckle vine and Virgin's bower, a native Clematis. Honeysuckle vines are quite vigorous, depending on which you choose. Japanese honeysuckle vine is considered invasive in some areas. There are 2 annual, quick-growing vines worth consideration - cardinal climber and cypress vine.

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