Taming the beast using vines as a garden decoration

Vines can be a beautiful decoration in your garden. Kind of like icing on a cake. They attach to almost anything and are very low maintenance. A heavy vine, like ivy with it’s uniquely shaped leaves will really stand out in your garden of colorful flowers.

There are many different types of ground vines available. They are fast growers, easy to direct and can bob and weave among your other plants. They make a hardy ground cover and seem to be impervious to knocks from dogs and kids as they inch their way along your garden’s edge.

A twining vine, getting it’s name from their method of climbing, needs a lattice or some porous material to adhere to. They just keep climbing their merry way as they send out tendrils looping onto anything in its path. These vines look great climbing up trees or mesh but must be guided when they first start their growing trip. They are kind of like children. When small you have to keep redirecting and training them but, hopefully, when they get older they do what they are told.

In England, vines are a complete outdoor house decoration. Look at all the old castles and manor houses in Great Britain and Ireland.. Chances are the fronts are completely covered with very invasive but very charming english ivy that attaches itself to the stone or brick surfaces. A very passive way to add charm to your outdoor gardening. Add a white lattice and presto! Instant cottage look! Although, a bit of caution, you may want to curb the vine’s enthusiasm as they can take over your whole house and devour it, so you may want to trim it every now and then. Some people have found that when ivy does grow up and around your house, it is very strong and quick and it WILL take control of your home. Owners of buildings that have had ivy on them for many years found out that it had been deteriorating the building and they incurred some costly repairs. So beware of what you attach the ivy onto.

Putting an arbor over and around your door is another way to add outdoor decoration to your home. Directing ivy, depending on where you live, mandevilla or bougainvillea up and over the arbor adds a beautiful and colorful entrance to your home and a beautiful and whimsical addition to your garden.

It doesn’t matter what you want to do with a vine, getting it to grow will not be a problem. Controlling it could be a big issue. So before you do any planting, plan out what you want to do and how you want to to it. Do your research beforehand on any plants you want to grow. First make sure the plant will grow in your local environment and find out the pros and cons of each plant to make sure the negatives don’t out weigh the positives. And that your beautiful blooming vines are not a devil in disguise.