Climbing Zone 8 Plants: Choosing Vines For Zone 8 Landscapes

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By Bonnie L. Grant

Vines, vines, vines. Their vertical glory can cover and transform even the ugliest perpendicular space. Zone 8 evergreen vines have year-round appeal while those that lose leaves but flower in spring and summer herald the growing season. There are plenty of vines for zone 8 from which to choose, many with specialized adaptability to any lighting condition. Remember, perennial vines are lifetime choices and should be chosen carefully.

Growing Vines in Zone 8

Do you want flowers sailing up the trunk of a tree or an eyesore dilapidated building covered in foliar displays of Boston ivy? No matter what your landscape goal, vines are a quick and easy solution. Most are tough enough for a broad range of weather conditions while others are suited to the slow, sultry heat of the South. Zone 8 plants need to be both. Some tips and tricks on climbing zone 8 plants should help separate the good from the bad and ugly.

Some vines should never have passed North American shores. Like the Japanese kudzu vine, which has taken over much of the wild regions of the southern landscape. It was used to stabilize soil, as cattle fodder and introduced as a shade ornamental in the southern region. Once there, however, the plant took off and now overtakes 150,000 acres annually. Your vine solution doesn’t need to be nearly as tenacious or invasive.

Once you have your location, consider the amount of light the area receives daily, how much maintenance you want to do, whether you want an evergreen or a gentle flowering vine and many more decisions. One of the better options is to choose a plant native to your zone 8 region like:

Flowering Zone 8 Vines

A vertical wall of color, scent and texture can’t be beat. Flowering zone 8 vines can provide long season blooms with swaths of jewel, pastel or even fruit tones.

  • Clematis are one of the better known ornamental bloomers. There are many cultivars and species and each has a unique flower.
  • Japanese or Chinese wisteria are tenacious vines with gently petaled blooms in white or lavender.
  • Passionflower, or Maypop, is native to North America and has uniquely frilled blooms that look like something out of a 60’s art project. In the right conditions they form sweet, aromatic fruits.

Not all plants are considered climbing zone 8 vines. Climbers need to self-support and usually attach to the wall or structure up which they are growing. Growing vines in zone 8 that are not climbers will require your assistance going vertical. Some good ones to try are:

Zone 8 Evergreen Vines

Evergreen plants brighten the landscape even in the doldrums of winter.

  • Climbing fig is in the class of self-supporting climbing zone 8 plants. It bears dainty, heart-shaped glossy foliage and is perfect for a partial shade location.
  • Algerian and English ivy are also climbers and have colorful foliage in fall.

Many evergreen plants also produce berries and create habitat for small animals and birds. Others to consider for this zone include:

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