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Southwest Vines and Ground Covers

Ajuga perennial ground cover plant

Also known as Bugleweed, Ground pine or Carpet bugle. Evergreen ground cover that does very well in partial shade. Nice lavender to bluish flowers adorn the plant in the spring.Fast growing, spreads quickly and can be invasive if not controlled.
Black-eyed Susan plant
Black-eyed Susan, Thunbergia

Great vine for the desert Southwest, colorful bright yellow flowers from summer to frost. Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade. Climbs to about 8 feet.
Clematis flowering vine
Clematis, Clematis

Deciduous vine that can climb to 20 feet high with support. Comes in a variety of colors, usually starts flowering in June. Partial shade or full sun, flowers best in full sun, but roots must be shaded.
Coral Vine flowers
Coral Vine, Antigonon leptopus

Also known as Gueen's Wreath, this vine bears large masses of showy pink flowers from summer to fall. Vine is deciduous and freezes back to ground level. Mulch to protect roots. Full sun to partial shade.
Honeysuckle vine, good ground cover vine
Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica

Hall's Japanese honeysuckle is a hardy evergreen vine that does very well in the desert Southwest. Yellowish, creamy white, fragrant flowers are borne all summer long. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to honeysuckle. Full sun.
Ice Plant ground cover
Ice Plant, Delosperma

Great ground cover for the hot, dry, desert Southwest. There are many varieties available with different types of leaves and flower colors. Low water use plant and full sun.
English Ivy vine
Ivy, Hedera helix

English ivy is a great evergreen ground cover, or climbing vine with support. Does best when planted in the shade or somewhere with a northern exposure.
Jasmine perfumed flowering vine Jasmine and Jessamine, Gelsemium

Some varieties are evergreen and others are semi-evergreen. Most need winter protection and may freeze to ground level, but return from the roots in the spring. Flowers vary in color, pink, yellow, white and other shades, but all are fragrant and bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to them. Full sun to partial shade.
Lady Banks Rose climbing rose hedge
Lady Banks Rose, Rosa banksiae

Climbing rose often treated as a vine when given support, tied to a trellis or fence. Two varieties available with either yellow or white flowers. Blooms in late spring to early summer. Evergreen. Needs full sun.
Rug Juniper ground cover Rug Juniper, Juniperus

Great evergreen ground cover for the desert Southwest. Junipers are hardy, require full sun and moderate water once established. Good plant for erosion control on slopes.
Silver Lace Vine
Silver Lace Vine, Polygonum

Deciduous to semi-evergreen vine, small creamy white flowers are produced in late spring and early summer. Hardy vine, however mulching will give more protection and help prevent winter injury. Full sun to partial shade. Attractive to butterflies.
Trumpet Vine, great for fences Trumpet Vine, Campsis

Deciduous vine, fast growing and very hardy. Does best in full sun. Flowers are large, orange-red and appear in the summer, followed by long seed pods. Heat and drought tolerant vine, does very well in the desert Southwest. Hummingbirds are attracted to trumpet vine.
Trailing Vinca ground cover plant Vinca, Vinca

Vinca or Periwinkle is a fast growing vine, likes the shade but tolerates the sun. Keep well watered in full sun. Blue, white, purple or lavender flowers, depending on the variety, from mid-spring to fall. Easy to grow.
Wisteria, purple flowering vine
Wisteria, Wisteria

Deciduous vine, very fast grower, does best in full sun. Showy, fragrant clusters of lavender-blue flowers usually appear before the leaves are fully developed. Hold back on the fertilizer and cultivate the soil to induce flowering on plants that have refused to flower.

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