Perennial Vine Help
Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:50 am
Hello, I live in northern Illinois, and I am looking for some help with choosing a perennial vine. I would like to plant it on the west side of my screened-in porch. The spot has good soil and I have had success with several varieties of annual vines, but I think I would like to plant a perennial variety so I don't have to wait for the vine to cover up the side of the porch. The spot has mostly full sun. I would like to have something that blooms most of the summer because this side of the porch is also the entrance to my house. I have considered clematis, honeysuckle, and trumpet vine, but have gotten rather overwhelmed with all of the choices there are. My eventual goal is to have the vine large enough to cover the entire west wall (realizing that I will have to plant more than one to achieve this) and spill up on to the roof of the porch, so I would have something that grows fairly tall, but not extremely invasive because there are flower beds that go out from the porch a ways. I will probably use a type of fencing (like chicken wire, or metal panel fencing) as a support for the vine to grow on. Thanks in advance for your help!