Vines form a natural partnership with vertical structures in the home landscape, such as a mailbox or lamppost. By skirting these objects with a small planting bed, you can create space for a flowering vine. Follow these tips when adding vines:

  • Most vines can be grown in small spaces.
  • Amend soil properly to fuel your vine’s growth.
  • Mulch soil to reduce water needs and suppress weeds.
  • Plant a mailbox vine on a trellis that’s separate from and behind the mailbox. Keep flowers away from the box to protect the mail carrier from (stinging) insects.
  • Match vine height to support. Avoid pairing a strong-armed vine with a wimpy support, which the vine may wrestle to the ground.
  • In regions where heavy snows are plowed onto street-side planting areas, use annual vines or vines you prune to the ground each spring – plants that won’t be damaged by snow piles.

Favorite Flowering Vines

Not sure where to get started? Try a few of these vining beauties to drape a mailbox or lamppost with climbing color.

Black-eyed Susan vine

Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Cheery, tubular flowers in white, orange or yellow. Many selections have a contrasting dark throat. Direct seed after danger of frost is past. USDA zones 9–11.

Carolina jasmine

Carolina jasmine, yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)1

Perennial

Evergreen native vine bears tubular yellow flowers for four to six weeks starting in late winter/early spring. Prune as needed to control or direct growth. USDA zones 6–9.

Clematis

Clematis (Clematis)

Perennial

Clematis that flower on new wood offer easy pruning – cut vines back to 6 inches in early spring. Choices include: Clematis x jackmanii1, C. paniculata, C. integrifolia and Clematis hybrids, such as Ernest Markham, Hagley Hybrid, Comtesse de Bouchaud, Niobe and Etoile Violette. USDA zones 3–11.

Corkscrew vine

Corkscrew vine (Vigna caracalla)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Long-blooming tropical with fragrant flowers in pink, lavender and silver. Can be invasive in warmer zones. Direct seed after danger of frost is past. USDA zones 9–11.

Cup-and-saucer vine

Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Unusual blooms with a lavender-tinged cup perched atop a green “saucer.” Vigorous grower; will engulf small objects like birdbaths. Attracts hummingbirds. USDA zones 9–11.

Coral honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)1

Perennial

Native vine with red and bright yellow blooms that beckon hummingbirds. Prune to shape after flowering. Deciduous; evergreen in southern zones. USDA zones 4–10.

Star jasmine

Confederate jasmine, star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)1

Perennial

Fragrant flowers open heavily in spring with intermittent blooms throughout the growing season. Monitor vine growth; pull or prune shoots from latching onto trees, hedges, structures, etc. USDA zones 8–11.

Mandevilla

Mandevilla (Mandevilla splendens)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, white and red; double form available. Heaviest flowering in full sun. To overwinter in cold zones, cut plants back to 6 inches, dig and drop into a pot. Pinch growing tips through winter to promote thicker growth. USDA zones 10–11.

Canary creeper

Canary creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum)

Annual in all but warmest regions

Bright yellow, orchid-like blooms have fringed upper petals skirted with large lower petals. Edible leaves are deeply lobed, resembling fingers on a hand. Grow from seed sown into poor soil; rich soil yields all leaves, no flowers. USDA zones 9-11.

1 Will flower in part shade. Flowers best in full sun.