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
Dolichos lablab 'Ruby Moon'
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
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
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
'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)
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'
Sprays of flowers begin red and fade to cream
Blooms mid summer through fall
Grows 12' in full sun
Combine with Star Jasmine
(Scarlet Runner Bean)
Gorgeous red and white flowers May-September
Very fast growing to 10' or more
Easy from seed, plant in April
Tolerates light shade
Create a tee pee out of bamboo poles and runner beans for a fun summer play house
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 boxesFor a photo list of varieties, see this article from Loghouse Plants
Canary Bird Vine
Feathery yellow flowers summer to fall
Grows 8-12' in full sun to light shade
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!