Purple Lilac Vine – Hardenbergia violacea

This evergreen vine is native to Australia, where it is most frequently spotted scrambling over rocky banks, using any neighboring trees and shrubs for upward support. Here in Southwestern U.S., Purple Lilac Vine is more cultivated and tame, often supported by trellises, where the twining, intricate growth patterns and delicate, cascading clusters of tiny purple…

Purple Orchid Vine – Mascagnia lilacina

The Purple orchid vine is a superb garden and landscape performer. It offers a lavender-purple, unusually shaped, orchid-like flower sporadically throughout the warm season, but heaviest in the spring and fall. Unique flowers then morph into oddly shaped seedpods, which bear an uncanny resemblance to a butterfly. With support such as a trellis or fence,…

Primrose Jasmine – Jasminum mesnyi

Double, lemon-yellow flowers appear on primrose jasmine’s graceful arching branches in late winter and early spring. Shiny, deep-green foliage is attractive against these pretty yellow blossoms. Unlike other jasmines, this one is not particularly fragrant, perhaps only a little so in the evening. Primrose jasmine is easy to keep in a pot or to train…

Creeping Fig – Ficus pumila (staked)

Creeping Fig is an outstanding evergreen that is routinely used to cover stark, barren walls with curtains of dense, deep-green foliage. This self-clinging vine adheres effortlessly to most surfaces, quickly scrambling upwards as far as it can be supported. Once it reaches the uppermost boundary of its support, it will continue branching outward, eventually creating…