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Vines-- Climbers & Creepers
Classification of Vines.. Euonymus Carpeting Plants
Flowering Vines
VinesVines have a place in garden decoration that cannot be taken by any other plant. They have the ability to produce a large quantity of flowers in the minimum of space and to hide or soften ugly materials or outlines.

They should be selected for the purpose for which they are adapted. Certain groups work well on masonry, others make good ground cover, while some must have artificial support or help in their climbing.

They are divided into two general classes: annual and perennial, hardy or, as often referred to, woody. The annual vines as well as some of the smaller hardy types grow very well in well-drained soil which has received ordinary digging. The larger hardy varieties, however, are often expected to remain in a single spot for many years and so merit about one cubic yard of good soil.

The hole for a vigorous vine should be at least two feet square and two feet deep, or better, three feet each way. The ground in the bottom should be broken up and made to drain if the soil is hard. The excavation should then be filled with good soil, well supplied with rotten manure and coarse raw bone. Each plant should have a space three to six feet square in which it will not have to compete for food and moisture with other strong-growing plants.

No vine should be planted where water drips on it every time it rains. This is bad for the foliage but worse still for the plant in winter. Much winter killing is caused by the drip of water on warm days which coats the plant with ice at sundown. The ice coated vine swaying in the wind suffers many cracks and wounds which offer means for the ready entrance of pests and the loss of stem juices in the spring.

Large plants should be dormant if possible when planted. Spread the roots to the fullest extent, cutting off all broken or injured ones and take care to see that wooden supports are made of substantial, long-lasting material.

Plants grown against a sunny wall should receive special watering. They get the heat not only from the sun but also that reflected from the wall. Also at night the wall will reflect the heat long after sundown.

Use vines for screening, for correcting or softening architectural lines, for flowering beauty; but do not cover and blot out good architectural detail.
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