They are very peculiar in that different types of vines grow differently: some vines climb, while others curl or adhere. There are vines with climbing stems, while other vines have leaves. Vines with adhesive pads, like Boston ivy, can stick to nearly any surface. Certain vines, like climbing hydrangea, have clinging stem roots that attach to most surfaces, including brick walls. Instead of growing vines on trellises or walls, try experimenting with different surfaces. Climbing vines can grow up virtually any object, adding a unique focal point and curbside appeal to your property. Keep in mind that certain stem roots can eventually damage surfaces, especially when the tendrils are removed, so always identify the type of vine and its characteristics before planting. Discover four interesting locations for growing climbing vines.
Old Vehicles, Bicycles & Farm Equipment
Old vehicles, bicycles, and farm equipment don't have to sit and rot under a tree, surrounded by weeds. Why not surround them with nature and make them focal points on your property? Rusted old cars, tractors, bicycles, and other vehicles already have a lot of charm, but can seem cold and forgotten. All types of climbing vines grow well on old vehicles, especially since there are plenty of crevices that tendrils can attach to. This idea works best if you live in a rural area with ample property.
Climbing vines with twining stems, such as Morning Glory and Honeysuckle, twist around nearly everything they touch. With little coaxing, their twining stems will wind around a flag pole, climbing high into the air. Since flag poles are very sturdy and supportive, you never have to worry about the vines causing any damage. Flowering vines are sure to add a touch of natural beauty to any drab flag pole, no matter where you live.
If you appreciate old pieces and hate getting rid of them, you can always make them focal points in your yard or on your porch. Climbing vines can enhance old wooden or metal furniture, but keep in mind the stems and tendrils may cause structural damage to the piece. This works best for old chairs and benches (non-upholstered) that are already rusting or chipping and too weak for sitting on. The older the piece, the more charming it will look entwined with vines. Twiners, clinging vines, and many others grow well on old furniture.
Tall Bird Houses and Feeders
Bird houses and feeders on poles can look isolated in the middle of a yard or garden. Climbing vines can help "ground" a bird house or feeder, so it complements the natural surroundings instead of awkwardly protruding from the ground. Just like with flag poles, bird houses and feeders (on poles) are usually very durable and well suited for climbing vines. Wisteria, Jasmine, Moonflower, and Morning Glory are some examples of ideal climbing vines for tall bird houses and feeders. Many flowering vines attract birds, as well, so your bird houses and feeders will have many visitors.