Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about garden plants. You will find concise information on general gardening techniques as well as plant selection and care. For detailed information on specific plant pests and problems refer to our Common Garden Pests and Problems page.

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Horticulture Questions and Answers

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What are some good vines for this area?

Vines give more foliage per square foot of ground than any other type of plant. They give height without width. Lush growth is possible on what would otherwise be wasted space. Plan carefully and an exotic garden is possible.

Consider your needs when planting vines. If you want shade from sun in summer and warmth in winter, plant deciduous vines such as Boston ivy or Virginia creeper. These will block sunlight in summer, but allow warmth in winter; good choices for the south side of your house.

Vines can be trained on wires, trellises and fences, or can be allowed to climb on walls or trees and shrubs. Some homeowners, however, feel that vines climbing on siding or brick-work can lead to structural deterioration. If this is of concern to you, provide wires or a trellis for the vines.

Fast-growing vines can be planted every 5 feet for a dense covering. Slower-growing vines need to be spaced closer for a dense effect. Space the plants further apart if you wish to achieve a more open effect.

Some perennial vines that do well in Missouri include: Porcelain vine, Trumpet vine, Fall clematis, Red honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, Silver lace vine, and Grape vines.

Annual vines include: Cypress vines, and Morning glories.

For a nice day and night floral display, try planting Heavenly Blue morning glories along with moonflowers.