As an intimate admirer of nature, plants, trees, shrubs, climbers and vines have never missed a chance to fascinate me. Although, all sorts of plants provide a soothing sensation to both eyes and mind, yet vines and climbers possess some specific characteristics which distinguish them from other plants, hence making them unique and wonderful. These can climb up the walls, spread over the trellis, or cover up the railings of the stairs, thereby making them appear lush green and sometimes colorful too (if the climbers and vines belong to the flowering category). Irrespective of the location, I believe, every garden should mandatory have few vines which are really easy to grow and require very little maintenance.
I have a terrace garden and I have myself grown up the vines and climbers which I am going to suggest you to add to your garden. The best part is that these vines produce scented flowers, which will modify not only your garden but turn the whole house aromatic, thus making you feel energetic and fresh all the time.
Here is the list of 5 scented vines and climbers which you can grow effortlessly in your garden.
Clematis is considered to be the crown lady amongst all the climbers. Without any doubt, Clematis is my favorite climber and there are several reasons owing to my favorable support to this plant.
· First, I love the aroma that clematis releases once the flowers start to bloom.
· Second, the flowers grow collectively in clusters, thus giving it a look like that of a flexible tree (This may sound weird though).
· Since clematis is perennial, you just grow them once and let the summers do the wonders every year.
· Clematis comes in several colors- blue, pink, white, red, and bi-color.
Coming back to how you can grow clematis, you can easily get one from your nearest plant nurseries. Clematis needs a properly moist soil, which is neither too alkaline nor too acidic in nature. They prefer their roots to be in shade but their foliage to be fully exposed to the sun. Make sure to keep the roots fully drained and try your best to make them survive for the very first year when you plant it. Once it gets through the first year, it is very likely that your clematis would make you happy year after year by blooming scented flowers in groups.
Honeysuckle is another most popular and easy to grow vine that is well known because of its sweet and lovely aroma. Although this vine is native to Europe and America, these days it is found covering almost every part of the world. However, not all varieties of Honeysuckle vines are evergreen, some of these grow in winter seasons, and some of them are deciduous. Around 180 different varieties of Honeysuckle have been identified to date.
In general, the vines of Honeysuckle prefer full sunlight though they can bear to be in partial shade for some part of the day. As far as the soil type is concerned, Honeysuckle can grow well in varied soils, but a well-drained soil enriched with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus is more suitable. These grow at their best when planted in open ground, along with suitable support, nevertheless, these can be grown in large containers as well.
Bearing trumpet shade flowers, Honeysuckle vines come in many life-enhancing colors, such as yellow, white, orange, red, and pink. All of these vines are naturally perfumed. Some of their varieties are even edible and are known for curing several digestive tract infections too. But usually, it is the nectar of the bell-shaped flower which is edible, however, the berries in most cases are poisonous.
3. Climbing Rose
Rose is the king of all flowers and is highly admired for its beauty and wide-ranging colors. Apart from the shrubs, the climbing rose is the talk of the town these days. These wonderfully bloomed flowers will make your trellis or fence look alluring when they wrap their twigs around them and cover them up.
The nutrient requirement of climbing rose is identical to those of hybrid varieties of Rose. The soil content must be sufficiently drained and enriched with organic matter, more favorable if the soil is neutral, although a bit acidic will work too. In most cases, it is advisable to grow the climbing rose in full sunlight, yet there are some exceptional diversities of these vines which may bear to be in partial shade and bloom clusters of flowers every season (sometimes in winters too). Also remember, roses are in love with wide-spaced land areas, therefore in order to acquire full blooms, you must plant them directly in soil and not in pots or containers.
In spite of the fact that climbing roses are much uncomplicated to grow, it is worth taking into consideration that this variety of roses takes too long to bloom flowers (nearly 2 to 4 years). So, patience should be the first and the foremost nutrient if you wish the climbing rose to be a part of your garden. Unlike other vines, it is advisable not to prune the climbing rose until it attains its maximum height and reaches its maturity level. Indeed, these roses are more or less similar to fruiting trees which yield fruits only when they become mature enough. Therefore, along with ample sunlight water, and perseverance (the most important), planting a climbing rose isn’t really a hefty task.
4. Passion Flower
Passion Flower or Passiflora is my next favorite climber which produces huge-sized fragrant flowers. These flowers are available in different colors-Blue, Purple, White, Pink, and Red. Apart from being a climber, the passionflower also bears an edible fruit that tastes tangy and soars. The fruit is well known for its nutritional value, but the flower blooms only for a day and in case no pollination takes place during this time then it wouldn’t be possible for the vine to bear fruit.
This perennial vine is the most sensitive amongst all which requires frequent watering in summers and can’t bear drought even for a short period of time. Be sure not to make the soil over muddy. However, during winters, it needs comparatively less water. The plant requires full sunlight to bloom flowers and in case it is provided with partial sunlight conditions, then it will show only vegetative growth and no blooming of flowers will take place.
5. Common Jasmine
The vines of Jasmine are so fragrant in general that it wouldn’t be incorrect to state that the word jasmine is synonymous with the word fragrance. Several varieties of jasmine vines that are easily available include-Jessamine, Common Jasmine, Poet’s Jasmine, Summer Jasmine, True Jasmine, Star Jasmine, and many more. Jasmine remains lush green for about half a year thus categorizing it as a deciduous shrub, which provides a heavenly look to your garden or wherever it is planted. Usually, these vines need low-maintenance and less water as compared to other vines and may thrive well both in full sun and partial shade. The soil type can vary from Sandy to Loamy or maybe from Clayey to Chalky.
Since these plants can grow both as shrubs or vines, therefore they are a part of my terrace garden, wherein I have planted two different varieties of jasmine in containers. The jasmine vine can grow sufficiently well in containers and pots too and owing to this fact, many people like me who do not have much land space prefer to grow jasmine vine.
The plant may become a bit dormant or inactive in winters but not to worry, the spring season will make this jasmine vine alive again. You can expect the vine to bloom scented flowers both in the spring and fall season.
Pruning of vine is always a great option if you want them to bloom fragrant flowers occasionally. Sometimes, pruning is also essential to control the growth of vines when they become uncontrollable and invasive (as is the case with Bougainvillea vine) maintaining a good shape will make your vine look more beautiful. Certainly, with an annual trimming, taking care of these 5 Vines and Climbers isn’t a big deal. The new buds will cheerfully come back every year in spring and bloom abundantly, thus providing both sweet scent and nectar.
Note: It is very noteworthy that all these vines and climbers need strong support to climb upon. It can be a wall, a grill, trellis, fence, or even a rope, but don’t forget to provide them support to hold on to. In fact, you must lay down some foundation from day one, based upon which your climbers and vines can scale up easily and provide you and your garden with the desired enhancements. Not only your garden will seem to be covered with the greenery in the air, but also it will modify your place into an odoriferous, to which your feet couldn’t resist moving.