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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 groundcovers. If a tree they are growing on falls, just peel off the vine. It will hide the stump and make a great groundcover. 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.
ACTINIDIA POLYGAMA

Actinidia polygama........ Price. -1@ $29.00

We previously offered this rare climber as kolomitka and like kolomitka, the new foliage is supposed to be variegated pink and silver, this only occurs on mature specimens. Young plants are all green, and distinguished by both the chambered pith and their amazing attraction to cats, which treat them like catnip.

 

Akebia quinata variegata Price. -1@ $19.00

This survived being lightning struck and having a wire trellis vaporized from beneath it, if anything it seems to have improved the intensity of the variegation (it tends to be slow for an Akebia due to all the white).

 

Akebia trifoliata ........... Price. -1@ $29.00

Known as Chocolate Vine, this spectacular climber boasts ¾” dark maroon flowers that smell of vanilla which are followed by sweet edible fruit (Hinkley describes a yummy sounding translucent grub like edible mass filled with seeds). A hardy member of the lardizabulacaea, the Koreans use it to flavor soju. We’ll stick to sniffing the flowers and admiring the highly ornamental trifoliate foliage.

 

Ampelopsis aconitifolia Price. -1@ $15.00

A neat climber from northern China and Mongolia, aptly named the leaves do look like an aconite, fruits are blue, I like it scrambling through deciduous shrubs.

 

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata elegans        Price. -1@ $24.00

Climbing vine with variegated leaves and very showy blue porcelain like berries, flowers are not showy but very attractive to bees; from China and Japan. Cuttings from the original plant Jim Briggs gave us, which eventually ate a part of our shade structure.

 

Araujia sericifera cruel plant Price. -1@ $15.00

A strange climbing Milkweed from South America, Hoya-like clusters of fragrant white 3cm wide flowers are attractive to night flying moths that they capture by the proboscis in the manner of some alien Venus Flytrap, holding them in bondage until they fertilize the flower. Failure to perform results in a desiccated moth corpse hanging pendulum fashion by its tongue, fertilized flowers develop slowly for nearly a year into large inflated pods filled with silken parachutes; the perfect conversation piece for a boring deck or patio.

 

Aristolochia baetica . Price. -1@ $19.00

A rare Eurasian species courtesy of Mojmir, more of a scrambler than a vine it is small leafed with typical bizarre flowers. Butterflies have shown no interest so far.

 

Aristolochia CALIFORNICA Ratko 95-54 Price. -1@ $29.00

A vigorous deciduous climber, with bold textured heart shaped leaves, and weird green and reddish brown Dutchman's pipe flowers; its a large thing that is capable of climbing well into the treetops, hardiness is uncertain but I suspect it will prove tender here.

 

aristolochia clematis  Price. -1@ $15.00

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.

 

aristolochia macrophylla (durior) Price. -1@ $15.00

A classic Appalachian native vine for shading porches, we have it on a big silver maple and it is reaching for the canopy. It is quite a sight when in flower and even better when you can look up and see dozens of Pipevine caterpillars clinging to the underside of the leaves, true they prefer A. clematis but macrophylla has the advantage of extra biomass, eliminating the defoliation problem. Our colony of Philenor now seems permanent.

 

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'      Price. -1@ $19.00

A monotypic vine native to the southeastern United States related to Trumpet Vine (which it hybridizes with to yield some spectacular hybrids) tangerine beauty has been around for years but gained new popularity when it was promoted by the late J.C. Raulston.

 

Calystegia soldanella Ratko 99-85 Price. -1@ $12.00

Exceedingly rare in cultivation with short trailing stems of Soldanella-like leaves often with intricate white veining, radiating from a fleshy root, and giving rise to exquisite 2” morning glory flowers, rose pink with a conspicuous white star in the center and born in the leaf axils. Given its collection locality from 100’ above sea level on stabilized dunes south of Eureka Ca, its not likely to prove hardy here (these were actually collected by Diana Chapman and distributed by Ron); nevertheless, I’m enchanted by it.

 

Calystegia macrostegia ssp. cyclostegia             Price. -1@ $15.00

Big creamy white morning gblory flowers and fine textured foliage, there are good pictures on the calphoto web site, these are from a Ratko collection.

 

Calystegia macrostegia ssp. pedicellata Price. -1@ $15.00

A cool little western American bindweed, not really a high climbing vine but gorgeous scrambling across the ground and through low shrubs, flowers are typical morning glories. It has not been a weed for us, quite the contrary we have had a hard time making enough to sell.

 

Calystegia hederacea Fl. pl. Price. -1@ $12.00

Vigorous vine to 8' or more with abundant double pink morning glories, a cool new vine, we grow it in a barrel, it tends to run underground rather quickly, and while this is great for covering fences its a problem in small gardens.

 

Campsis radicans flava Price. -1@ $19.00

We never seem to have much of this, (Dick is not a big fan of campsis so it goes to the bottom of the cut list), but I like it for its yellow flowers and am still mad that a brain dead former employee ripped my stock plant out of the display garden.

 

Campsis radicans Minnesota red Price. -1@ $19.00

A good red, which we have sold out of the last few seasons, its popularity is something of a mystery, I suspect an excellent color photo is responsible, but have no idea where it may be published. Trumpet vine is a favorite of hummingbirds here at the nursery.

 

Campsis radicans 'Variegata' Price  -   $15.00

A streaky splashy variegated form that we keep hoping will edge or center stabilize, flowers are typical orange.

 

Campsis radicans 'Flamingo' Price. -1@ $29.00

I bought it based on the name, and have yet to see flowers, my mental image being pink, who ever heard of an orange flamingo?  In the age of Photoshop orange can become pink with a mouse click, so I make no guarantees.

 

Campsis X tagliabuana 'Madam Galen' Price  -   $15.00

A very large flowered hybrid, C. radicans x C. grandiflora, the rich apricot flowers can flare to 8cm wide, nearly twice that of radicans.

 

Celastrus scandens ... Price. -1@ $29.00

This came to us as scandens from a North Carolina source so it probably is the native one, however I did not look at it closely when it was in fruit, if I’m wrong and you hate it you can always cut it down and make some great rustic furniture.

 

Clematis aff hookeriana Price. -1@ $15.00

Seed grown these are yellow flowered and belong somewhere in the orientalis-tangutica complex and may represent hybrids, some flowered for the first time last summer and were quite nice, we are currently growing about 500 separate clones so there is the potential to name a few selected ones. (I always hate to release unflowered plants but space is tight and some of these have to go, if you get a flaming orange one I don’t even want to know).

 

Clematis alpina ............... Price. -1@ $15.00

Alpine Virgin’s Bower, if you grow it they will come, wait that doesn’t sound quite right; this showy European species is at its best in the rock garden scrambling over rocks and twining through shrubs, it is one of those things where one is just not enough.

 

Clematis campaniflora Price. -1@ $19.00

Native to Portugal and Spain and related to viticella its an astoundingly fast growing plant that can produce as much as 23 feet of growth in a single season, flowers are elegant little nodding white open bells produced over a long season in great numbers.

 

Clematis chiisonensis Price. -1@ $12.00

A typically yellow flowered species from Korea related to alpina generally bearing tiny spurs at the base of the ribbed sepals flowering on previous as well as current seasons growth.

 

Clematis forsteri  wide leaf Price. -1@ $15.00

A rarely seen New Zealander related to C. hookeriana and C. petriei the stems are wreathed with peculiar greenish white lemon verbena scented flowers for many weeks.  

 

Clematis fusca ................ Price. -1@ $19.00

A botanical curiosity for the connoisseurs collection, fusca looks like a fur covered viorna, definitely not showy but irresistible nonetheless, native from China and Russia to Japan and Korea, it blooms on current seasons wood; prune hard in early spring.

 

Clematis gentianoides x aristata Price  -   $19.00

One of our New Zealand customers was kind enough to send us seed of this new and very interesting cross, habit looks to be intermediate between the parents, these will probably end up as meter high, intricately branched bushlets.

 

Clematis heracleifolia Price. -1@ $12.00

Native to scrubby slopes in central China this important non-climbing species, with its fragrant hyacinth-like monoecious flowers belongs in every garden. It is best treated as a herbaceous perennial, charming visitors with it’s invasive fragrance, swallowtail butterflies seem quite attracted by its clusters of small tubular flowers.

 

Clematis heracleifolia 'Alan Bloom'    Price. -1@ $12.00

A customer from Ohio brought us these A bit richer in color and more compact than the species, this is an attractive, easy, free blooming Clematis.

 

CLEMATIS HIRSUTISSIMA Ratko 99-112 Price. -1@ $19.00

A non-vining gem from the west, they are slow growing long-lived plants that take some patience to establish; Ron’s collection from dry grassy meadows on Bluebell Flat in the Wasatch Plateau at 8950’. 9-12” stems clothed it hairy dissected leaves, 2” nodding dark purple urns with their leathery lobes reflexed at the tips and covered with silky hairs on the outside.

 

clematis integrifolia Price. -1@ $15.00

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.

 

clematis integrifolia lavender Price. -1@ $19.00

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.

 

Clematis integrifolia pink Price. -1@ $19.00

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

 

CLEMATIS LASIANTHA Ratko 98-166 Price. -1@ $19.00

Not to be confused with lasiandra this is a climbing white flowered species from the western U.S.; Ron’s collections from the chaparral on Mt. Diablo at 3,750’, where it scrabbled over Scrub Oak and Ceanothus, engulfing them with clusters of 2” white flowers.

 

CLEMATIS MACROPETALA hyb Price. -1@ $15.00

one of the largest flowered, small flowered clematis - confusing hey - pendant long petaled blooms with an ethereal translucent quality. it never fails to put on a fine spring display; neat and attractive leaves unfolding simultaneously with the flowers, and the seed heads are attractive well into the winter. we find these much more tasteful than their large flowered cousins.

 

Clematis marmoraria x paniculata lunar lass Price. -1@ $24.00

We have about 30 different clones from this cross ranging from small almost marmoraria like plants to larger ones that take after paniculata. Many are variegated with splashes of deep purple. Virtually all of them are good enough to be named. The best of these will be released at a later date. The tentative name is Clematis 'Dark Side of the Moon' (Ender likes Pink Floyd). For this year, we will offer our choice of cuttings from our stock plants and first releases of the following similar clones.

 

Clematis marmoraria x paniculata 'Lunar Lass' #9      -1@ $24.00

Sex unrecorded but it roots very easily.

 

Clematis marmoraria x paniculata 'Lunar Lass' #14 . -1@ $24.00

A female clone selected primarily for its ease of reproduction, it roots fairly quickly.

 

Clematis marmoraria x quadribractiolata            Price. -1@ $19.00

A rarely offered marmoraria cross, we only have a few, alpine house material for the serious clematis collector.

 

Clematis montana #839 . Price  -   $15.00

From a Jurasek wild collection these may well prove hardier than most of the forms that are in cultivation, abundant medium sized white flower.

 

Clematis petrei ................... Price  -   $12.00

A large New Zealand species, flower color is an unusual shade of creamy chartreuse, it flowers in great profusion and the overall effect is lovely

 

clematis recta ................ Price. -1@ $19.00

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.

 

Clematis scotii .................... Price  -   $12.00

Bradshaw collections from Chaffee Co. CO, at 8500’ a choice species similar in general appearance to hirsutissima, it’s one of the best rock garden clematis and almost never available as plants.

 

Clematis serratifolia Price. -1@ $19.00

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

 

Clematis VITICELLA ........ Price. -1@ $19.00

Not to be confused with the above, this is the parent of many of the large flowered hybrids, rich deep purple blooms that look like a half scale Jackmanii.

 

Cocculus trilobus HC 970344 Price. -1@ $19.00

A rarely offered member of the Menispermaceae from a 1997 Hinkley-Probst collection from Woluchusan in Korea, this is the Asian counterpart of our native Carolina Moonseed.

 

Codonopsis lanceolata Archibald 4.221.420           Price. -1@ $12.00

A hardy climbing species with distinctive flat winged seeds, its wide ranging from China through Japan, Korea and into Russia, height is reported anywhere from 2.5-5m. Paul Kneebone, (the guru of Codonopsis with an outstanding photo gallery on his website), who supplied it to Archibalds described it as one of the best, covered in large greenish bells with purple markings, the dangling wide bells are reminiscent of a rich colored Fritillaria graeca.  it sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to see flowers, Kneebone has a photo of a starry pink flower with almost Michauxia like sexual parts and a bulbous pregnant ovary below the petals.

 

Codonopsis VINCAEFLORA Price. -1@ $8.00

A choice climber from hillsides in China and Tibet at altitudes of around 3,000m, essentially a refined version of convolvulacea, equally handsome, and so far they have been a bit more growable.

 

Cucurbita palmata ....... Price. -1@ $15.00

A weird cucumber relative that Ratko collected in Death Valley, vines sprawl out from a tuberous woody caudex, flowers are typical Cucurbit and quite showy, obviously this sucker wants to be hot and dry.

 

Decumaria barbara 'Barbara Ann' g.-  1@ $29.00

Mike Dirr’s selection of our native wood vamp, 'Barbara Ann' was a standout from a hundred yards away due to its lustrous dark green foliage, this climbing hydrangea can grow to 40’ given sufficient moisture and a rich soil. Attractive not only for the excellent foliage but also for the attractive corymbs of creamy white fragrant flowers.

 

Dioscorea batatus variegata Price. -1@ $12.00

Cinnamon vine, a tropical climber that we grew up one of the posts around our check out area, we had numerous requests .

 

Dioscorea quinquilobata HC 97060 Price. -1@ $19.00

An exquisite thing Hinkley collected from along river valleys in Korea, where the boldly lobed foliage twined to 15’, erect axillary racemes of white flowers followed by chains of attractive winged fruit, it ranks high among the 600 or so species in the genus.

 

Dioscorea villosa ......... Price. -1@ $15.00

Tagged east slope 95 B 347, which I think is a Beal acquisition number; villosa is a rarely offered species.

 

Dregea sinensis variegata Price. -1@ $12.00

Wattakakka this was, who would change such a great name, Dregea sounds like floor sweepings from a Jamaican barbershop. The plant is cool though, a climbing vine from China, with 3” clusters of fragrant Hoya-like white flowers marked inside with pink stripes and spots. The splashy variegated leaves are attractive as well, with milky sap typical of the Asclepiadacaea.

 

GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS HARDY FORM Price  -   $29.00

Carolina Jasmine or False Jasmine is not a Jasmine at all but a member of the Loganacaea; one-inch funnelform flowers are yellow with an orange center. The fragrance is a bit reminiscent of Buddleja, this clone is hardy here, but may not reach its full 6 meter height this far north.

 

HEDERA COLCHICA 'BATAMI' Price. -1@ $15.00

Colchicine indeed, King Kong could swing from this one. With monstrous nearly foot long leaves it's hardly recognizable as an ivy; it has tetraploid vigor and then some. A named selection that Hinkley got from Roy Lancaster, this has been in two of the finest private gardens in the world. I wish I knew how they find time to trek around and maintain a garden, we go nowhere, and still have little time for our private gardens.

 

Hedera helix 'Green Starling' Price. -1@ $12.00

Deeply incised Birdsfoot leaves, its different and rather attractive, hardiness is untested here, but I think Dylan had it outside; these are from cuttings he brought in.

 

Hedera HELIX ‘GLACIER’ Price. -1@ $12.00

I don't know how we got on the topic of Ivies but I mentioned to Punnett that I had rather given up on Ivies because all the nice variegated ones turned out to be tender here. They were for him as well with one exception, the name is a trifle questionable; it has been in his garden for a long time, shortly after that talk, it appeared in our greenhouse. Sure enough, it is a very nice variegated form.

 

Hedera helix curley ask dick Price. -1@ $19.00

Jacques brought us this, when asked about the name he said it came from Punnett and to ask him, he can’t remember either, nameless and cold hardy with ruffled leaves.

 

Hedera helix 'Hedgehog' Price  -   $19.00

Congested growth of curly heavily ruffled and twisted leaves, an attractive dwarf cultivar from Baldassare.

 

Holboellia coriacea ... Price. -1@ $19.00

Plum purple fruits of disgusting edible goo, a choice vine with fragrant purple flowers and very attractive glossy evergreen foliage. In warmer climates it will climb to 7m, here its barely possible in the frost free zone up against a foundation and climbing a warm wall with some microfoam stapled over it in winter.

 

Holboellia fargesii DJHC 506 Price. -1@ $12.00

Dan’s collections from the 99 Dragons; plum sized lavender fruits with a juicy seed filled interior that are popular with the locals, clusters of fragrant lavender flowers in spring, palmate evergreen foliage, an outstanding vine.

 

Holboellia latifolia HWJCM8 Price. -1@ $19.00

"If I ever get out of here, I'm going to Katmandu"; wait, I'll never get out of here, but I don't have to, Hinkley was already there and brought back this cool twining member of the lardizabalaceae. An elegant thing a bit reminiscent of Akebia, in the spring the lavender flowers are tubular, dude, and are followed by plum sized purple fruit.

 

Humulus lupulus aureus Price. -1@ $15.00

I wanted this mostly as a food plant for Angle-Wing butterflies, a must for butterfly gardeners or those who like fast growing vines; no chance of the caterpillars devouring this one.

 

Humulus lupulus var neomexicanus   Price. -1@ $15.00

The native version of Hops courtesy of Ratko, its a member of the Cannabidacaea, although you probably can’t smoke it but it might make an interesting beer and the local angle wing butterflies think rather highly of it but wait there’s more; it can be used to form an impenetrable living barrier to ward off terrorist infiltrators. If you buy this, we will include some ridiculous piece of plastic junk at no extra charge, what a bargain what a deal.

 

Hydrangea anomola petiolaris 'Tiliifolia' Price. -1@ $15.00

From Spring meadow who originally acquired it as SchizophragmaBrookside Littleleaf’ we got it primarily to compare with our plants of Brookside and also with Hydrangea quelpartensis, we have not had time to sort things out; the lack of flowers makes this a bit tough and I keep forgetting to ask Tony.

 

Hydrangea anomola ssp. petiolaris 'Miranda'     Price. -1@ $19.00

A gold edged variegated form of Climbing Hydrangea, not to be confused with Hydrangea macrophylla serrata 'Miranda'. This 'Miranda’ is a spectacular new vine; young plants take a few years to come into their own but will eventually become quite large. There is some confusion about the variegated forms of Hydrangea anomola ssp. petiolaris, ‘Miranda’ and  ‘Firefly’ were independently discovered at about the same time; unfortunately they are nearly indistinguishable and may have been mixed up (not by us) during early propagation efforts.

 

Hydrangea quelpartensis Price. -1@ $29.00

A mystery plant we got from Heronswood, supposedly very rare, and certainly obscure in the literature. We have peered closely and in foliage, at least it seems indistinguishable from Schizophragma hydrangioides 'Brookside Littleleaf'; we have not seen flowers; adding to our confusion is the fact that Brookside is a most atypical Schizophragma. 

 

Kadsura japonica 970337 Price. -1@ $29.00

From a Heronswood collection of wild type material in Korea, these may well prove hardier than the variegated forms. Kadsura is native from S. Korea to Taiwan, which may account for the variable hardiness claims, I’m convinced enough to put a plant on a south facing wall and microfoam it, my guess is zone six or seven which is do-able here with plenty of protection. We froze plants hard last fall and they dropped all their leaves, an excellent sign. Don’t confuse the genus with Kudzu; Kadsura is a member of the Schisandraceae. The 2cm wide sulfur yellow flowers are followed by 3cm scarlet red pendulous berry like fruits dangling from 3-4cm stalks in the leaf axils.

 

Kadsura japonica 'Chirifu' Price. -1@ $15.00

A variegated clone, with attractive white speckled and streaked Hoya-like leaves, See general comments under the species.'

 

Kadsura japonica 'Fukurin' Price  -   $15.00

Kadsura is native from S Korea to Taiwan, which may account for the variable hardiness claims, Woodlanders calls 'Fukurin' zone 5 while many authorities list the species as zone 9. I’m convinced enough to put a plant on a south facing wall and microfoam it, my guess is zone six or seven which is do-able here with plenty of protection. We froze plants hard last fall and they dropped all their leaves, an excellent sign. 'Fukurin' is spectacular, with thick Hoya-like leaves broadly edged with cream. Don’t confuse the genus with Kudzu; Kadsura is a member of the Schisandraceae. The 2cm wide sulfur yellow flowers are followed by 3cm wide scarlet red pendulous berry like fruits dangling from 3-4cm stalks in the leaf axils.

 

LONICERA JAPONICA AUREORETICULATA    Price. -1@ $15.00

Climbing bush with outstanding foliage and a golden net like pattern on each leaf, the biology of which is quite interesting, check it out.

 

Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' Price. -1@ $15.00

I remember this from a trellis on the side of my grandmothers house, you could see a hummingbird’s nest with babies in it hidden in the foliage and watch them feeding young. The smell through the open window was exquisite, seems to me it eventually ate the house and they needed a four-wheel drive tractor and chains to remove it, but no matter I still have fond memories of it.

 

Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin' Price. -1@ $15.00

Originating in a private garden in Ipswich England 'Harlequin' is long blooming with two-tone long tubed rose purple flowers with a yellow lip. Their evening fragrance a magnet to noctuids and sphingids if the avian hummers haven’t already sucked it dry during the day (it’s also a larval foodplant for the handsome day flying hummingbird clearwing sphinx). The real attraction is the foliage, this is one of the most beautifully variegated vines, and much more restrained than the species, the deep green leaves are widely bordered in creamy white often tricolored with pink in cool weather. 

 

Lonicera periclymenum 'Sweet Sue' Price. -1@ $15.00

Collected by Roy Lancaster not in China but on a Swedish beach, and named for his wife, it’s much like the previous but a more vigorous plant; the lack of variegation is responsible, Sweet Sue is also considerably more floriferous than Harlequin.

 

Lonicera x tellmanniana Price  -   $19.00

A outstanding hybrid between sempervirensSuperba’ and tragophylla which was produced in Budapest in 1920, with extremely showy heads of bright orange flowers and attractive foliage, noticeably larger than periclymenum, Dirr considers it the showiest of all the climbing honeysuckles. Terminal clusters of up to a dozen long tubed flowers, the slender tubes and nearly 2’ long and flare to an inch wide when they open. Color is an almost fluorescent orangish yellow tipped red in the bud stage and opening more yellow.

 

Mikania scandens 'Florence' Price  -   $19.00

Climbing Hemp Vine, a composite with no relation to Cannabis it’s useless as bong fodder, but the vanilla scented purple flowers are nice (normally they are dirty white). It flowers abundantly in late summer and is tolerant of wet soils. A Woodlander’s introduction from Florence South Carolina, hence the catchy name.

 

Pandorea jasminoides Price. -1@ $19.00

One of the showiest vines we grow, sadly it is tender here. We have a specimen growing up through a large potted variegated Daphne odora, the huge flat faced pink trumpets are produced all summer, and everyone wants the trumpet flowered Daphne. Related to Campsis, tuberous rooted, plant deep and grow as a dieback a little further south.

 

Parthenocissus henryana Price. -1@ $19.00

The Chinese version of Virginia Creeper, dark green leaves with silvery white veination often tinged with a bit of pink the fall color is a magnificent reddish purple, I expect the ever elusive Eumorpha pandora and E. achemon sphinx will find it as palatable as our native species and hopefully their larva will be a bit easier to spot. It’s hard to believe you could not see a four inch orange hornworm whose horn has been replaced by a big glossy eyespot. I’ll send a free henryana to anyone who e-mails a picture of 5th instar Pandora and Achemon munching on the same leaf.

 

Parthenocissus quinquifolia 'Variegata'    Price. -1@ $19.00

The variegated version of our native Virginia Creeper, a plant I would have expected to be a rampant weed has proved quite the contrary. Dick put one out and it promptly croaked, and ours has struggled for years to get big enough to produce a few cuttings, on the other hand the variegation is stunning, in any event we only have a few.

 

Parthenocissus tricuspidata  'Variegata' Price. -1@ $15.00

This may in reality be the cultivar veitchii, which is a blotched variegate, according to Dirr there is some discrepancy as to whether or not the true veitchii is in cultivation in the U.S.; however if the descriptions are correct this would seem to be identical. Whatever the name it is an outstanding small leaved irregularly variegated and blotched form giving a pink purple white green multicolor display especially in spring.

 

Passiflora caerulea... Price. -1@ $19.00

Hardy Passionflower, this will eat your greenhouse and spread Kudzu fashion to the surrounding acreage, and attract Heliconiad butterflies from miles around, we have had Gulf Fritillaries on ours a thousand miles north of their native range.

 

Passiflora 'Coral Glow' Price. -1@ $19.00

A fantastic looking plant with coral pink flowers that tolerates temperatures down to freezing and actually flowers better in cool weather the cross is complex; P. manicata? x ((P. mixtax P. tripartita v mollissima) x (P. mixta x P. tripartita v molissima))

 

Passiflora species #2 ex MSU Price. -1@ $15.00

Jan brought us this years ago from msu, the name if ever there was one is long gone but the flowers are still nice and the Heliconiad larva could care less.

 

Passiflora 'Star of Bristol' Price. -1@ $15.00

Passiflora amethyst x Passiflora caerulea, hardy to below freezing with large mauve flowers and bright orange fruit they will sucker and have survived all sorts of abuse here (we tend to forget to bring them in).

 

Pyrocantha 'Harlequin' Price. -1@ $15.00

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.

 

Schizandra chinensis Price. -1@ $19.00

Magnolia Vine; a hardy climbing woody vine from China with single Magnolia-like flowers, a rarity from the Punnett garden; its a vine that should be much more widely grown, especially for the display of brilliant red fruit in autumn. We cut from several clones but did not keep them separate, two or more clones are needed for fruit.

 

Schizandra propinqua var sinensis Price. -1@ $15.00

These came from Heronswood and I think Dan may have gotten them from Crug Farm, A yellow flowered climber frim Sichuan with distinctive silvery mottled leaves, and red fruits if pollinated.

 

Schizophragma corylieum Price. -1@ $29.00

An extremely rare Chinese species with foliage intermediate between S. hydrangioides and S. integrifolium, flat clusters of lacecap hydrangea flowers for sun or part shade, it is supposed to be zone 5 hardy.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides Price. -1@ $29.00

The straight species, with its eerie resemblance to Hydrangea anomala petiolaris should stand proudly on its own. It can be distinguished by the fact that in Schizophragma, the ray florets have only one petal, well technically it is a sepal, but we won’t quibble. I would not be without either in the garden, wishing only that I had planted them sooner as they are quite slow to establish.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides 'Brookside Littleleaf'         1@ $29.00

Schizophragma hydrangioides is a climbing vine that is superficially similar to Hydrangea anomala petiolaris; the main difference is the ray flowers have only a single petal (sepal). Brookside Littleleaf is, as you would guess tiny leaved, its also one of the finest climbing vines we grow.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides 'Iwa-garami'            Price. -1@ $29.00

What gives I’m suddenly hungry for somores?  These subliminal Japanese messages will get you every time, has the Defense Intelligence Agency looked into this potential threat? This could be the downfall of western civilization if this vine gains a stranglehold on our country.. actually it seems identical to the cultivar ‘Strawberry Leaf’, with deeply dentate fingerlike leaf margins.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides 'Moonlight'            Price. -1@ $29.00

I just discovered this was a Yinger intro from Japan, the pewter blue leave are stunning with their network of green and pink veins showing through the overlay, flower size is impressive, this is hard to beat and we finally have enough that I am willing to part with a few, its not the easiest of things to root.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides 'Platt Dwarf'        Price. -1@ $29.00

We figured things weren’t confused enough so we added one more cultivar to the ‘Brookside Littleleaf’, Hydrangea anomola petiolaris, Hydrangea quelpartensis complex. If anyone has definitively sorted this mess out let us know.

 

Schizophragma hydrangioides rosea  - Price. -1@ $19.00

The rarely available pink flowered version, a long time favorite that we finally have enough to list, until someone develops a sky blue one this it as good as it gets.

 

Schizophragma integrifolium var. faurei BSJW 3802     -1@ $29.00

A Wynn-Jones collection of this rarely available vine from Taiwan, perhaps the most spectacular of all the climbing Hydrangeas, with immense foot wide flower clusters surrounded by three inch long white teardrop sepals, as Dirr says, a plant to lust after.

 

Solanum dulcamara variegata Price. -1@ $19.00

Cool vine, the perfect gift for a witch with a variegation fetish, the bold foliage, pendant blue-violet flowers and red berries magically transform ordinary deadly nightshade into a first rate ornamental. (Both Ender and our cats have sense enough not to eat It. and the deer haven’t dropped dead either.)

 

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Tricolor'   Price. -1@ $19.00

Outstanding tricolor foliage we are always a sucker for green pink and cream, and we are not alone. An award of merit winner in the UK, this lovely vine is actually a member of the dogbane family; the fragrance of the flowers is a nearly overpowering jasmine scent. The only shortcoming for us is its hardiness, it came rated zone 7 but Punnett thinks that a bit overly optimistic and he may be right the damn thing sure looks tropical‘

 

Trichosanthes kirilowii v. japonica    Price. -1@ $15.00

Much like T. cucumeroides but bigger if that is possible, reaching 50-60', cool enough but there is more, the huge tendriled white flowers make passionflowers pale by comparison; they look like something out of a science fiction movie, be sure to check under the bed for pods, the snake gourd fruits that follow are yellow, and may contain alien clones.

 

Vitis coignetiae HC 970517 Price. -1@ $12.00

A Hinkley collection from northern Honshu, selected for good red and yellow fall color, large leaves to a foot across, this vigorous grape can easily climb t0 50’, I imagine smooth green snakes slipping between the tendrils in search of a gourmet meal of hog sphinx larva. If this makes you lose your appetite just as well, the grapes are inedible.

 

wisteria floribunda ... Price. -1@ $19.00

Native to Japan it can reach 20m, twining clockwise, flower racemes to 60cm and fragrant. Spectacular but nothing compared to the cultivar 'Macrobotrys', which has racemes to 150cm and can cover 1/6 acre. Be sure to build a big enough trellis

 

Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' Price. -1@ $29.00

Cuttings from Punnett’s plant of macrobotrys which surprisingly enough has proven quite difficult to root I can see it dripping 6’ flower clusters from an arching trellis spanning 75’’ across our pond, of course I still need to build the trellis but hey piece of cake.

 

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