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Flowering vines can be a stunning way to add visual interest to both your garden and home. Many vines attract hummingbirds and butterflies and can be fragrant and colorful. Too often we think of our gardens as a horizontal landscape when the possibilities for vertical gardening are just as important. Here are four amazing climbing vines to bring vertical interest to your garden!  

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If you don’t know about bareroot plants, you’re missing out on one of the best bargains in gardening. Buying bareroot is a cost effective way to give you a jump start on the planting season.  

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Whether you’re snipping roses for a sweetheart, turning hydrangeas into a wedding bouquet or arranging tulips into a classy centerpiece, there are few things as fulfilling for a gardener than presenting your work for all to see. But then there’s the dilemma of choosing to cut from your plants and leave them naked or keep the blooms intact outside while your indoors stays drab and flower-less. Why choose when you can have both? Plant a separate garden specifically for cutting and then snip away! Here are some pro tips to a get started on turning your space into a personal flower factory.

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Here at Wayside Gardens, we always appreciate being mentioned by newspapers.

I especially enjoyed this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, because it recommended us as a source for trumpet vines.  I’m a great lover of flowering vines, so that put a big smile on my face.  I suspect that my love for flowering vines comes from looking forward to the Wisteria blooming all over town.  Every spring the purple flowers hang thick on almost every tree up and down the older streets.  Here Wisteria and Daffodils mean spring has arrived, and all the flowers of the season will be following soon behind.

As I’ve grown older, though, I’ve grown to love all sorts of flowering vines.

The hummingbirds love my trumpet vine (a Campsis ‘Mme. Galen’) that’s happily climbing a sunny wall at my mother’s house, and I’ve been lovingly tending some pink rose vines on an arching lattice for years now.  v1661

Over the years I’ve had several Clematis vines (it’s almost an addiction, with so much variety of both color and shape), but I think that my current favorite is my Clematis Bourbon.  My sister loves to steal my flowers and float them in a crystal bowl of water as a centerpiece.  Fortunately, it produces so many flowers throughout the summer that I don’t mind.  Even after years of propagating flowering vines, though, I still get a thrill each year when I first spot those wonderful amethyst Wisteria vines for the first time, and it’s still my favorite vine by far.

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We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and that is sound advice even when applied in the horticultural world. These beautiful yet unfortunate specimens were stuck with silly, weird, or just plain ugly names, but that doesn’t keep them from making us smile. After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, right?

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