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Portland Nursery

Annual Vines for Sun

  • Quick vertical cover in one year
  • Flower summer to fall
  • Great for trellising from window boxes or pots
  • Exotic, colorful flowers
  • Can be grown through hedges or other vines for added color


Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean Dolichos lablab

Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon'
(Hyacinth Bean)

Purple leaves, pink flowers and magenta seed pods

Edible pods, beans, flowers, young leaves, and tubers

Grows 6-12' in full sun

Combine with Nasturtiums

Moon Flower Ipomea alba

Ipomea alba 'Moon Flower'

Fragrant, white, morning glory style flowers open at night

Grows 5-10' in full sun

Combine with Passion Flower or Morning Glory

Cardinal Vine Ipomea multifida cardinalis

Ipomea multifida cardinalis'Cardinal Vine'

Feathery leaves add great texture

Small red trumpet flowers are a hummingbird magnet

Grows up to 15' in full sun, loves heat

Takes up to 4 months to bloom from seed

Combine with Canary Bird Vine

Striped Morning Glories Ipomoea purpurea 'Carnevale di Venezia'

Ipomoea purpurea
'Carnevale di Venezia' (Striped Morning Glories)

Dramatic flowers really make an impact in the garden

Flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon

Grows up to 15' in full sun

Easy from seed

Combine with Clematis or evergreen hedges

Cup and Saucer vine Cobea scandens

Cobea scandens
(Cup and Saucer Vine)

Exotic purple or green flowers summer through fall

Great for a seasonal privacy screen

Fast growing to 12'

Prefers full to part sun

Combine with evergreen Clematis or Honeysuckle

Spanish Flag Mina lobata

Mina lobata
Spanish Flag'

Sprays of flowers begin red and fade to cream

Blooms mid summer through fall

Grows 12' in full sun

Combine with Star Jasmine

Painted Lady Runner Bean Phaseolus coccineus

Phaseolus coccineus
(Scarlet Runner Bean)

Gorgeous red and white flowers May-September

Very fast growing to 10' or more

Easy from seed, plant in April

Edible beans

Attracts hummingbirds

Tolerates light shade

Create a tee pee out of bamboo poles and runner beans for a fun summer play house

Lathyrus odoratus

Lathyrus odoratus
(Sweet Peas)

Bright flowers come in a wide range of colors

Fragrant cut flowers

They can be planted early! February from seed and March from starts

Grow in full sun to light shade

Blooms begin to wane when the weather heats up

Combine with Black-eyed Susan Vine

Dwarf varieties are great for hanging baskets and window boxes

For a photo list of varieties, see this article from Loghouse Plants
Canary Bird Vine Tropaeolum peregrinum

Canary Bird Vine
Tropaeolum peregrinum

Feathery yellow flowers summer to fall

Bluegreen foliage

Grows 8-12' in full sun to light shade

Low maintenance

Edible flowers and young leaves

Combine Forget-Me-Nots, Clematis or Morning Glories

Annual vine FAQs

When can I plant annual vines?

Most annual vines are heat lovers and should be planted well after the danger of frost in late April or May. Sweet Peas are the exception, plant from seed in February!

Which annual vines can grow in shade?

For a good flower show most annual vines need at least six hours of sun a day. However, Morning Glories, Sweet Peas, Canary Bird Vine, and Runner Beans will grow in shade with little to no flowers, but provide screening foliage.

What should I fertilize with?

Use a starter fertilizer at planting time such as EB Stone Sure Start combined with a time release fertilizer such as Osmocote. This mix will keep you annual vines looking great all season!


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Mina lobata versicolor

'Mina lobata versicolor'