Plant Category: Vine

There are many beautiful vines that work well in Mediterranean gardens. Some of the things to consider when selecting a vine that will suit your landscape are the plant’s need for a support structure, whether it’s evergreen or deciduous, your ability to manage the plant’s size and the flowers that can be anticipated.


Genus: Bougainvillea

These thorny and woody vines can grow very tall when they have a support structure. They can also be trimmed as bushes. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. The actual flowers are small and white appearing in clusters of three. The flowers themselves are surrounded by brightly colored leaf bracts. Bougainvillea are a classic compliment to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. They can be grown in loose forms or trained to a more formal habit.

Lilac Vine

Genus: Hardenbergia

These evergreen vines with twining stems have prolific early spring blooms. The purple or white flowers appear in clusters with individual flowers that are very small and pea-like. The vines can grow to 20′ or more in height where support is available. Hardenbergia are also known by the name of Happy Wanderer. The plants do not do well in frost prone areas. Mature vines respond well to heavy pruning.

Scarlet Trumpet Vine

Genus: Disticul Buccinatoria

This vine is also known as “Blood Red Trumpet Vine”. The vine is evergreen in mild climates. The flowers are distinctive and the foliage is glossy and dark. The seed pods that appear in the fall are also distinctive. The vine will grow vigorously in either sun or partial shade. It is relatively to control overgrowth by cutting the vine back. Over-fertilization will negatively impact blooming.

Violet Trumpet Vine

Genus: Clytostoma

This vine has delicate lavender flowers and glossy foliage. Violet trumpet vines will grow vigorously in either sun or partial shade. The vine can tolerate moderate drought and frost conditions. Mature trumpet vines need to be controlled by cutting back and pulling wandering foliage tendrils out of neighboring plants. The best time do cut back is late winter or early spring.

White Potato Vine

Genus: Solanum Jasminoides

These vines grow quickly, are evergreen and have a long blooming season. Growth requires the support of a trellis or structure and the vines can be come large as they mature. Fall pruning after flowering can control their size and espaliered forms are possible. The plants tolerate dry summers once established but do require regular watering when transplanted. The vines attract hummingbirds. They plants are sometimes referred to as White Potato Creeper.


Genus: Wisteria

These woody flowering vines are part of the pea family. As the plants grow, tendrils to grasp for support. Lavender colored blooms are the most common. Prolific spring blooms precede the appearance of leaves. Trained as a cover for an arbor, wisteria give summer shade while opening up for winter light. Wisteria are hearty when established and particularly well suited to asian garden styles. Wisteria can also evoke a traditional style.