Many garden shrubs spread rather than rise, staying close to the ground. Yet, a good landscape design requires vertical elements as well as horizontal to keep the look balanced. Vines that are evergreen often come to the rescue. Romantic, even magical, the right vine can climb your arbor, trellis, or wall and provide that critical design element. Some offer flowers in the warm season. If you live in zone 9, you may be looking for zone 9 evergreen vine varieties. Read on for tips for growing evergreen vines in zone 9.
Choosing Vines that are Evergreen
Why pick vines that are evergreen? They provide year-round foliage and vertical appeal in your backyard. Evergreen vines for zone 9 add a permanent and imposing feature to your garden. You’ll want to be certain that the vines you are selecting are zone 9 evergreen vines. If they are not hardy for your planting zone, they won’t last very long no matter how well you care for them.
Zone 9 Evergreen Vine Varieties
If you are thinking of growing evergreen vines in zone 9, you’ll have quite a few to choose between. Here are a few exceptional zone 9 evergreen vine varieties. English ivy (Hedera helix) is one of the popular evergreen vines for zone 9. It is vigorous, climbing by aerial roots to over 50 feet (15 m.) high in protected, shady locations. Consider 'Thorndale' for its dark, shiny leaves. If your garden is smaller, look at 'Wilson' with its small leaves. Another species to is creeping fig (Ficus pumila), which is a great evergreen vine for zone 9. These dense, dark green vines are good for sites with sun or partial sun. If you live by the coast, consider a passion vine like Coral Seas (Passiflora ‘Coral Seas'), one of the more beautiful zone 9 evergreen vines. It needs the cooler coast weather but offers long blooming coral-colored flowers. Another great evergreen vine is star jasmine (Trachylospermum jasminoides). It’s loved for fragrant white, star-shaped flowers. Purple vine lilac (Hardenbergia violaceae ‘Happy Wanderer’) and pink bower vine (Pandorea jasminoides) are flowering evergreen vines for zone 9. The former has pink-purple blossoms with a bright yellow heart that look like little wisteria blossoms. The pink bower vine offers pink trumpet flowers.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.