Training Bushing Vines

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Training Bushing Vines  

Many vining bushes – such as the magnificent “Allamanda Sisters” – Golden Trumpet (Allamanda cathartica) and Cherry Jubilee (Allamanda blanchetii), Purple Queen’s Wreath (Petrea volubilis), Shower of Orchids (Congea tomentosa) and the brilliant Red Mandarin Hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea) are a tropical gardener’s delight.

(As are, of course, such stunning vines such as Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia elegans), Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea),Brazilian Flame Vine (Pyrostegia venusta), Blue Sky Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) and Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides.)

But where to plant and best showcase them while taking up as little as possible of valuable garden or terrace space?  Such was the challenge facing us here in Ola Brisa Gardens.

The former lot – as vining bushes – tend to have a larger “footprint” and, as a result of their nature (They’re bushes ya’ know!) take up a larger area above their base.

With this in mind, while constructing a new block, stuccoed wall – utilizing appropriately bent re-bar (re-rod) – we devised this rather effective means to coax their upward, yet cascading, growth . . . hence better enabling the showcasing of their flowers!

All that is now required is our weekly attention to new growth and direction of these vines/limbs inside of the metal, up, over and down.  Pretty nifty, huh?