Trumpet Creeper – Campsis radicans

Trumpet Creeper is an extremely cold hardy vine that will quickly cover any structure. Cluster of six to twelve hot colored red-orange flowers cover lustrous green foliage for most of the year. Hummingbirds and orioles are particularly fond of the nectar and will travel from miles away for a drink. Strategic planting is necessary, because…

Snail Vine – Vigna caracalla

This bean-relative has foliage similar to that of peas and beans, but a far more interesting and unusual blossom. Snail Vine’s flower has curled keel petals, not unlike a snail shell. Young blossoms start out a bright white, eventually darkening to a lilac shade of purple. Flowers are followed by a pea-like pod. Thin, delicate…

Rainbow Gold Bougainvillea – Bougainvillea ‘Rainbow Gold’

There are many good reasons why it is becoming increasingly difficult to encounter a landscape in Tucson that doesn’t include at least one bougainvillea. These lush, tropical shrubs are vibrantly colorful and exceptionally easy to grow. Mainly popular for its display of intense, apricot-peachy-orange color from spring through fall, ‘rainbow gold’ bougainvillea makes a terrific…

Queen’s Wreath – Antigonon leptopus

Queen’s wreath is a fast-growing, self-climbing vine with bright green, heart-shaped foliage. Light pink to hot pink blossoms appear amongst foliage in chain-like clusters throughout spring, summer, and fall; birds are especially attracted to them. Queen’s Wreath loves hot spots in the garden, including hot walls with reflected sun. This deciduous vine will happily grow…