flowers

Texas Crossvine

After the grapes┬áthat covered our shade structure died, we wanted to plant a hardy flowering vine. I considered Lady Banks rose, which generally thrives in the Southwest garden, but I’d just lost one to leaf-cutter bees that autumn.

I recalled a vine that climbs a brick storefront that I pass on the way to the office every day. The local nursery also had a display of this same climber, Texas crossvine, covering a shaded sitting area. It looked just the thing!

I picked up three young plants in gallon containers. While I was planting them, the neighbor from down the street was fixing my next-door-neighbor’s roof, and he asked me what I was planting. He was inspired and picked up three for his own gate arbor.

In a sunny location, his gate arbor provided a spot for quick growth and heavy bloom.

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My crossvines have grown more slowly, but now, five years after I planted them, they cover the side of the structure and about a third of the top. This spring, the blooms are gorgeous!

Most of the literature says that they bloom March-May, but here in the desert, we get repeat blooms during the summer rainy season and early fall. This is a plant worth having in the desert garden!

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