Friday, August 3, 2007


If you want people to think your garden has moved to the tropics, this is the vine for you. Maypops are primarily a tropical family, but this one grows happily in zone 6. It comes up rather late after the heat sets in for sure and grows quickly, especially if you make sure it gets abundant water. The flowers are a wonderful shade of lavender and quite fanciful. If it can't find a tree or trellis to climb, it will just sprawl along the ground. It seems to be less than picky about its conditions and we have them growing in full sun and light shade. Some coleus or cannas will go nicely and give you a nice clash or colors.

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