Vines are useful for covering
walls, fences, trellises, and arbors, for adding interest to containers,
and for ground cover. Evergreen climbing vines that aren't too
aggressive can beautify trees, posts, and mailboxes with foliage, flowers, and fruit, year round.
There are many types of vines: perennial flowering
vines, annual vines, evergreen vines, climbing and trailing vines ...
whatever you need for your edible landscape design, there are vine plants that can help.
Which you choose depends on what you like to eat
and which plants you like the look of. Here's some of the plants you
have to choose from!
(Rubus species) -- blackberries, raspberries, dewberries,
marionberries, loganberries, huckleberries, and so on. Although none of these
plants are technically a true vine, enough of them act like vines to put them in
Squash -- While
the pumpkin vine is the most well-known squash, the squash vine
comes in many varieties, colors, and flavors, and is grown over much of
The cucumber vine
Legumes -- There
are so many types of bean and pea vine to choose from! Snow peas, the butterfly pea, corkscrew vine (or snail vine),
and the hyacinth vine (Lablab purpureus, also called the hyacinth bean
are some popular legume plants.
Tubers -- Potato vines, the air potato (or cinnamon vine) and sweet potato vines have edible tubers
Foliage -- Grapevines and sweet potato vines are often grown for their attractive edible foliage.
The kudzu vine also has quite attractive
edible foliage (and edible flowers), but is extremely invasive in hot,
humid climates, so avoid planting it in those conditions.
Succulent vining plants such as dragonfruit.
Seasoning -- Vine plants used
mainly for seasoning are the vanilla vine and the pepper vine (Piper
nigrum -- other species called "pepper vine" are poisonous).
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