Guide to Growing Vines

by Katie KucthaOctober 23, 2018

Adding vines to your outdoor living area is a great way to incorporate movement and green into any space. Growing vines will instantly cover those areas of your home that look a bit tired and soften the overall look of hardscape. Check out this guide to growing vines around your home.

Vines on Red House

Different Varieties

All vines are grouped into one of three categories that describe their natural growing tendencies. Knowing what direction a vine will grow is important when planning where certain varieties should be placed within the yard.

1. Climbing Vines

This is the most common type of vine that many homeowners are aware of. Climbing vines should be planted in the ground or in a container nearby something that they can attach to as they grow. Climbing vines do well alongside a fence or wall as well as at the base of an archway. Climbing vines will grow upwards and will attach themselves to the nearest support available.

2. Creeping Vines

This variety of vine is known as a ground cover in its ability to quickly spread out along the ground. Creeping vines are planted in the ground and then easily fill out a bare space. Creeping vines will wind their way through a landscape to provide coverage but may need some help in keeping them from overtaking over plants. Consider the Virginia Creeper vine variety to add a bright color during the autumn months.

3. Trailing Vines

Vines that tend to grow downward are called trailing vines in their ability to produce long trails of vines that grow well below the base of the plant. Trailing vines should be planted in higher places that offer plenty of space below. Trailing vines are commonly seen as houseplants placed on top of high cabinets or decorative places near the ceiling.

Vines in Flower Beds


Vines can be added to a garden in the form of seed, starters, or even bare root options. Seeds are the easiest to plant but will take longer to establish. Starters grown from containers are a good option for many homeowners. Plant the root ball of the vine at a slant towards the support that you want it to climb, cover, or trail. You can also plant dormant bare root vines that have no soil attached to them. Plant them before the first frost in winter to help them establish come spring. Soak the root before planting and angle it towards the support as well.


Vines are great at growing quickly but that also means that they can get out of hand if left alone. You can train vines to climb up certain installations by pruning areas of the vine as well as wrapping vines by hand. This requires you to help the vine know where to go by manually placing a rogue vine around something sturdy to help it stay where you want it. Many homeowners will also attach a piece of string or clip vines to areas of the support to keep the vine in the proper place.

Keeping vines in check is an essential part of making sure that they don’t overtake the garden and become more of a nuisance than a welcome addition. Prune aggressive vines regularly to deter them from redundant layering. Cut back those varieties like ivy that will grow over windows and doors in an effort to reach the sun.

Adding vines to your outdoor landscaping is a great way to provide an extra boost of curb appeal to your home. Vines provide a unique established look to a home and can be used in a variety of ways. Consider this guide to growing vines when choosing a vine to add around your home.

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Katie Kuctha
Katie Kuctha is a gardening guru and amateur foodie. She can often be found with a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other, follow her on instagram @atxtacoqueen.