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Cold Hardy Vines: Are There Perennial Vines For Zone 4 Gardens

Finding good climbing plants for cold climates can be tricky. Sometimes it feels like all the best and brightest vines are native to the tropics and can’t tolerate a frost, let alone a long cold winter. While this is true in a lot of cases, there are plenty of perennial vines for zone 4 conditions, if you just know where to look. Keep reading to learn more about cold hardy vines, in particular zone 4 vine plants.

Cold Hardy Vines for Zone 4

Ivy – Especially popular in New England, where these cold hardy vines climb up the buildings to give the Ivy League schools their name, Boston ivy [1], Engleman ivy, Virginia creeper [2], and English ivy [3] are all hardy to zone 4.

Grapes – A huge number of grapevine varieties [4] are hardy to zone 4. Before planting grapes [5], ask yourself what you want to do with them. Do you want to make jam [6]? Wine [7]? Eat them fresh off the vine? Different grapes are bred for different purposes. Make sure you get the one you want.

Honeysuckle – The honeysuckle vine [8] is hardy down to zone 3 and produces extremely fragrant flowers in early to midsummer. Opt for native North American varieties instead of the invasive Japanese variety [9].

Hops – Hardy down to zone 2, hops vines [10] are extremely tough and fast growing. Their female flower cones are one of the key ingredients in beer, making these vines an excellent choice for home brewers.

Clematis – Hardy down to zone 3, these flowering vines are a popular choice in many northern gardens. Divided into three distinct groups, these vines can be a little confusing to prune. As long as you know the group your clematis vine [11] belongs to, however, pruning [12]should be easy.

Hardy kiwi – These fruits aren’t just for the grocery store; many types of kiwi can be grown in the landscape. Hardy kiwi vines [13] are usually hardy to zone 4. (Arctic varieties are even tougher). The self-fertile variety sets fruit without the need for separate male and female plants [14], while “Arctic Beauty” is grown primarily for its impressive variegated leaves of green and pink.

Trumpet vine – Hardy down to zone 4, this extremely vigorous vine produces lots of bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers. Trumpet vine [15] spreads very easily and should only be planted against a sturdy structure and monitored for suckers.

Bittersweet – Hardy to zone 3, the vigorous bittersweet plant [16] turns an attractive yellow in the fall. Both male and female vines are necessary for the beautiful reddish-orange berries that appear in the fall.

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