There are many beautiful vines you can plant and grow in your Phoenix, Arizona garden. Vines are easily incorporated into your overall garden design. They create a lushness to your landscape, are great for privacy and for softening all of those block walls. Two of my personal favorites include the lilac vine and the passion fruit vine.
Vine Choices in Phoenix:
- Lilac vine
- Passion vine
- Snail vine
- Pink Trumpet
- Carolina Jessamine
- Bower Vine
- Queen’s Wreath
- Mexican Flame vine
- Lady Bank’s Rose
Vines to Grow in Phoenix Arizona: When to Plant, How to Care for and Bloom Time
Lilac Vine’s bloom in mid-January. You can count on the Lilac vine’s profuse blooms to welcome spring. This vine will be covered with tiny lilac clustered flowers by late January. They have a very delicate sweet scent and really attract the bumblebees. This is a busy spot in the garden for the bees they are always swarming around this vine.
An Australian native, it is drought resistant, so it is a great fit for the low desert. Once established the vine is a low-water usage plant. It grows fairly quickly, the ones in our garden grew about 2 feet in a year and half. This vine wants to twine around something, so giving it a trellis is a good idea, otherwise it will spread out and twine itself around anything and everything close by. It stays green year round and can reach heights of 10-15 feet and width of 8-10 feet. The most common color is purple. The flowers last a short time about 6 weeks late January through early March.
The lilac vine is in the Fabaceae family. You may see it marketed as a Happy Wanderer, Purple Coral Pea, and False Sarsparilla. The botanical name is Hardenbergia Violacea. The vine is great for the desert because of the low water usage. The vine blooms in Phoenix in January through early March.
Honeysuckle vines flower in many different colors. This evergreen vine is fast growing. It can grow up to 15 feet tall and a few feet wide. Honeysuckle usually blooms in March. As an extra bonus, the beautiful tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. Once established, the honeysuckle vine is drought tolerant.
Pink Jasmine is a fast growing evergreen vine with heavily scented very pale pink blossoms. The blossoms look almost white. It needs adequate sun, but too much will turn the leaves crispy. Plant in an area of your yard that gets morning or early afternoon sun and shade from the afternoon sun. We planted Jasmine on the east side of our home where it receives plenty of morning sun.
Pink Jasmine’s botanical name is Jasminum Polyanthum. At maturity the vine will reach 20 feet. This is a great plant to use over an arbor. The buds on the vine start appearing in February and will flower by late February. My vine usually stops blooming by the end of March.
Star Jasmine is an evergreen vine with an incredibly scented star shaped white flowers. Native to Asia, this plant grows well in Phoenix. Our plant receives mid morning sun and afternoon shade and does well. It can be trained as a bush or a vine. At maturity Star Jasmine can twine up to 20 feet.
Provide a trellis of some type of post for the vine to climb. The Star Jasmine is from the Apocynaceae family. It’s botanical name is Jasminum multiflorum . It may also be referred to as Confederate Jasmine. The vine usually blooms from spring through fall in Phoenix.
The purple passion vine is one of my favorite plants. Not only do they crawl up an arbor or trellis well, they have exotic looking flowers and will bear fruit. The best time to find these at the nursery is the end of May beginning of June. Mine start to flower in early January.
A delicate twining vine. The snail vine tolerates the heat of the low desert with some partial shade. It is great for a trellis. The snail vine blooms in the spring. It’s botanical name is Vigna caracalla.
Pink Trumpet Vine
If you’re looking for big showy pink flowers, the Pink Trumpet vine is a beautiful addition to your garden. This twining vine can grow up to 20 feet and likes the sun. The Pink Trumpet vine blooms in the Spring and again in the Fall.
Vines to Grow in Phoenix Arizona: Bougainvillea
It isn’t possible to not notice Bougainvillea in Phoenix- they are everywhere! Bougainvillea is a popular flowering bush or wood vine that can be seen along the Valley’s freeways. Brilliant in color and it loves the Arizona sun. It is a thorny evergreen bush/vine that grows fairly quickly, doesn’t need much water and loves soaking up the rays.
The most interesting thing about Bougainvillea are the flowers, most people do not realize that the brilliant pinks and purples on the vine are not the flower, but rather the bracts. The tiny trumpet shaped white flower is tucked within the colorful bracts.
I love Bougainvillea for their outstanding color and rate of growth. When left untamed they are quite striking with Aloes and other succulents. We have several Bougainvilleas on the south side of our home. Bougainvilleas are native to South America and come in many colors including: purple, yellow, white, and various shades of red. They are from the Nyctaginaceae family.
Bougainvilleas can be messy on a windy day, so don’t plant too close to a pool. They are cold sensitive, so they should be covered during frost warnings.
If you’re looking to add color to your garden in the winter and spring months the Carolina Jessamine vine is a good choice. This vine provides pretty yellow trumpet shaped flowers for several months in Phoenix. Carolina Jessamine needs room to spread 10-20 feet out. This plant can be trained to grow as a vine or a ground cover.
If you are looking for a vine that will bloom from spring to fall, the Bower vine is a great choice. Provide this vine with a trellis and it can grow up to 20 feet. The flowers are very light pink in color and are slightly fragrant.
One of the few vines in Phoenix that will provide blooms in the summer, the Queen’s Wreath is fast growing. This sun loving vine has pretty clusters of pink flowers. Like most vines it needs space to grow as it can quickly grow up to 20 feet. Once established the vine is drought tolerant.
Mexican Flame Vine
Sometimes hard to come by in the local nurseries, but the Mexican Flame Vine is a stunning addition to any Phoenix backyard. We were able to find one in the month of April. Not only is it drought tolerant, the bright orange flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows best on a trellis or post.
Lady Bank’s Rose
This beautiful rose vine has tiny clusters of yellow flowers. It can grow 20 feet out, so allow room for the Lady Bank’s Rose to climb with either a wall or trellis. This vine blooms in the spring.