Vines

I cannot imagine a garden without vines, in our garden, nearly every tree has a vine, some have more than one, we scramble them through shrubs and even build the occasional trellis, although I much prefer the natural look. They are also great as ground covers. If a tree they are growing on falls just peel off the vine, it will hide the stump and make a great ground cover. Most vines want shade or at least to have their roots in the shade, although they may not flower until they climb up into the sunlight of the upper canopy. Some are programmed not to flower until they are no longer touching anything. If you think about it, evolving the ability to climb sort of implies something to climb on. Sun loving vines tend to have fewer climbing adaptations. Vines are also a royal pain in the grass from a nurseryman's perspective they grow into one another and into nearby plants, and whenever someone wants to buy one it takes forever to disentangle it.



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Pyrocantha 'Harlequin'

Pyrocantha 'Harlequin'

Variegated foliage is pink-white-green in spring and fall, becoming just white variegated in summer, fruits are orangish red; like many variegated plants it is not a fast growing as the green forms, and will only reach 6' or so, with thorns less vicious than some.
$29.00

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Akebia quinata rosea

Akebia quinata rosea

Bizzare fleshy grey fruits feel creepy and that look suitable for feeding zombies. Once they split open they look like some sort of alien hot dog. supposedly edible I can't bring myself to even taste it, .
$19.00

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Aristolochia clematis

Aristolochia clematis

Birthwort contains alkaloids that cause uterine contractions (the Druids version of RU422 but not nearly as safe, Don't eat it and don't picket us), curious pipe like flowers, weakly climbing vine, Europe. One of the high points of last summer was sitting around talking ferns with Dr. Storer, only to have him spot a 5th instar Papilio (Battus) philenor larva come crawling by, an event so unlikely that at first I thought it a joke. I've collected for years and never seen it in this part of Michigan; I figured Herb Wagner must have given him a larva or something. When I went to the garden to find it something to munch on there they were, 1.5” purple black, with magnificent fleshy tentacles like something out of the rainforest, devouring my Aristolochia clematis. We reared and released a couple dozen of the most incredible metallic blue green Pipevine swallowtails, they stayed around the nursery for weeks sipping from our mud puddles each morning but vanishing during the day. “If you grow it they will come,” they sensed the only available food for miles and came here to lay eggs.
$19.00

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Clematis columbiana

Clematis columbiana

AKA Rock Clematis.
$19.00

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Clematis integrifolia

Clematis integrifolia

Not twining, it is more of a herbaceous perennial, with atypical leaves and lovely pendant thick petaled blue flowers, almost 2" across. They are among the most graceful and demure Clematis. Our seed originated with Betty Blake, its one of the best herbaceous species.
$19.00

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Clematis integrifolia lavender

Clematis integrifolia lavender

Brigitta's selection of an outstanding lilac lavender flowered plant, very different from the normal purple-blue shades, integrifolia doesn't yield much cutting material.
$19.00

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Clematis integrifolia pink

Clematis integrifolia pink

Pink forms we selected from the best of our seedlings, all good pinks.
$19.00

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Clematis paniculata

Clematis paniculata

Sweet Autumn Clematis is a NZ native species which covers itself in small, star-shaped white to off-white flowers beginning in late summer or early fall. The four petal clematis flowers are sweetly fragrant. It can climb to 30' and quickly cover a chain link fence. The leaves of this 30 foot climber are different from those of most clematis varieties.
$19.00

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Clematis recta

Clematis recta

A non-climbing clump forming herbaceous perennial that can reach 6' in height given a bit of support from nearby plants, the large terminal panicles bear myriads of small star-like white flowers.
$19.00

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Clematis serratifolia

Clematis serratifolia

Soft yellow flowers with violet stamens like alpina in form, autumn blooming, Korea.
$19.00

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