Annual flowering vines are an easy way to add color, green and interest to a space that would otherwise be bare for a year. For most gardeners these temporary annual vines plants fill an empty space where something else might have been, or add a fresh pop of color for each growing season. A good annual vine is one that is able to last the entire growing season, spreads fast and wide and has a bountiful flourish of color in order to add interest to your garden and yard.
Annual vines are excellent choices for hanging baskets, landscape planters and when you want to cover-up an eyesore quickly. Consider the amount of sun the spot receives first, as the choices of plants will vary if you have full sun, partial shade or mostly shaded. Most annual vines require at least a few hours of good sun.
Easy Annual Flowering Vines
Check out these easy to grow annual flowering vine choices for your garden. These plants are able to give you all three things that the best vines provide; long lasting, great color and quick coverage.
Morning Glory vines are a great annual flowering vine that is able to be grown early and started from seed. Decide where you want to see this bright, bold vine grow and drop a few seeds into well worked, light soil. Wide blue blooms will cover the entire area that Morning Glory is able to spread out over, and you should expect and be able to provide an area at least four feet wide and ten feet high.
Nasturtium is a dainty vine with equally dainty flowers that have a cottage feel to them. These early spring bloomers can be made to rebloom after the first blooms have dropped their petals. Use this vine if you have a small corner that you want to add a vine too, or if you want a contained vine to grow in a pot.
Nasturtiums come in a wide array of colors and the lily pad shaped leaves are quite lovely as well in my opinion. Buy Seeds
Like Morning Glory, Moonflowers are able to be grown from seed, but they will not start blooming until mid summer. Be prepared for their tightly coiled buds, to open into large white flowers in the evening. The flowers only like to show themselves during cooler temperatures, and this night time appearance and their white color is responsible for their name. Plant it in full sun and allow it to spread out unhampered for the best results.
An excellent choice for moon gardens and spaces used most at night, as the plant is not showy during the day.
This annual vine is a great fragrant addition to the garden, which when paired with its deep purple leaves and flowers makes a very interesting choice. The appearance of the hyacinth bean leads one to think that it is going to be an evergreen and more permanent vine, but after blooming the vine will begin to die back.
The vine is quite easy to grow from seed. You can even allow the seeds to reseed themselves, but be careful that it does not take over too much area where you have planted it after a few years.
Black Eyed Susan Vine
Black Eyed Susan Vine is an annual, unlike its non vine counterpart, but equally as beautiful and easy to grow every year if it is allowed to reseed itself. Bright yellow or orange flowers fill the vine in entirely so that there is very little space that is left without blooms. This flower is a medium height vine, growing about six to eight feet high, but it is very easy to train to cover whatever space you have available.
Scarlet Runner Bean
Scarlet Runner Beans add a lovely pop with their rich red flowers. They are an easy care plant that spreads well too.
As a bonus, they produce edible beans! Buy Seeds
Cup and Saucer Vine
The cup and saucer vine is a perennial in warmer zones, but in cooler ones makes a great annual choice, as it's invasive tendencies are kept at bay.
The beautiful plant requires full sun, soil should be moist, but well drained.
All of these annual flowering vines are vigorous growers and should provide a nice blast of color to your garden this year. Ready for something more permanent? Check out my choices for perennial flowering vines and climbing roses for trellis.