I love vines in my garden because they give you a lot of decorative options without requiring a lot of work. Most vines will be able to cover a fence or a trellis with ease and give some height to your garden.
Living in Florida limits the types of vines that you can have growing in your outdoor garden, so to make sure that my plants did well in the heat and the humidity that you will get in the state, I decided to do some research into which vines are the best for Florida homes. Some of the fantastic Florida vines that I found include:
1. Allamanda Vine
The allamanda vine is a tropical plant that will grow in zone 10 and above. It is a fast-growing plant that has bright yellow blooms that are breathtaking to see. This plant can be a great vine to have along the edge of a patio or a pool, but it is a toxic plant, so you may want to use gloves while tending to it.
2. Bleeding Heart Vine
The bleeding heart vine is a tropical plant that has dark green leaves and white and red flowers that are bright to look at. They typically bloom in clusters that have more than a few flowers in them. These plants grow best in full-sun conditions, and they can easily be trimmed back to the length that you prefer.
If you live in Florida, the bougainvillea is a tropical plant that will most likely flower all year long. It loves to grow in a warm environment where it can get full sun for the majority of the day. In fact, if it does not get six hours of sun each day, the blooms will not be as bright.
4. Carolina Jasmine
The Carolina Jessamine is a vine that can have a stem that grows to be up to 20 feet in length. The fragrant, yellow blooms can be seen late in winter and throughout the spring of the year. They can grow in zones seven through nine, but colder temperatures will not be tolerated.
5. Coral Honeysuckle
Coral honeysuckle is a plant that creates red tubular clusters of flowers along a vine that can be anywhere between three and 20 feet in length. The vine is a thin plant that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. It is not an aggressive plant, but it does like full sun to thrive.
6. Florida Flame Vine
This is a vine that has bright orange blooms that will brighten up any Florida garden. This is a fast-growing vine that will spread quickly if it is not tended to. It requires full sun, and it will attract pollinators to your garden.
7. Mandevilla Vine
This is a very lovely vine that will easily grow in the heat that you will find in Florida, but it will require a bit of shade during the hottest part of the day for the plant to thrive. Indirect sunlight will be the best option to make sure that the leaves do not get burned. See different varieties of Mandevilla.
8. Pandora Vine
The Pandora vine is one that is fast-growing but still relatively easy to grow. The blooms are white, and they prefer full sun, but a bit of afternoon shade could be beneficial during the hottest part of the year.
9. Passion Vine (Passiflora spp.)
If you love having a garden full of butterflies, then a passion vine is a great option to consider. It can have reddish-purple to light purple blooms, and it will grow in both full sun and partial shade. It can grow to be up to 25 feet in zones six to 11.
10. Petrea Vine
This is a vine that can grow flower clusters that are up to a foot in length. The blooms are a soft lavender color, and they can add a bit of charm to your garden. It will thrive in full to partial sun, and it will need to be pruned to keep it the size that you want it to be.
11. Thunbergia grandiflora (Sky Vine)
This is another fast-growing vine that has soft blue flowers with a slightly violet hue on the petals. They require full sun to grow, but they will stay healthier when they have a bit of protection from the hot afternoon heat.
12. Quisqualis indica (Rangoon Creeper)
This is a vine that can be quite aggressive in a garden, so make sure that you have the space to support its growth. In most cases, it will easily grow to be at least 12 feet in length. The blooms start as a pink color, and as it reaches maturity, it gets even redder in color.
13. Perennial Morning Glory
These are hardy vines that can grow in zones 10 and 11. They are easy to grow, but the blooms will only be open during part of the morning before the sun gets its hottest. They can reach heights of up to 15 feet in length. They prefer to grow in well-drained soil and full sun. For more information on the different varieties of Morning Glory, check out this guide here.
14. Chinese hat plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea)
This is a vine that can grow in either full or partial sun. It will do best in well-drained soil, and it does not require a lot of water to thrive. The blooms are orange, red, or yellow, and they are actually hat-shaped, which makes them a bit more unique.
15. Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Grown mainly in zones eight to 10, this is a vine that can easily grow to be at least six feet long. It has white blooms that can be seen during May and June of the year, and it will grow in partial to full sun.