Garden How-To :: Episode 14: Vines and Climbers in the Garden

In this episode, host Kathy Cropp talks with Dan Long, the owner of Brushwood Nursery. Brushwood, a mail-order nursery in Athens, Ga., specializes in vines and climbers, including clematis, roses, jasmines, passionflowers and many more, including native species. Dan offers his advice on choosing and caring for vines, plus ideas for how to use them in combinations or alone, as design elements and as wildlife-friendly plants. He answers frequently asked questions, including concerns about invasive plants.

Listeners have asked that we start posting a list of the plants discussed in podcast episodes, and we are happy to oblige. Here are the plants that Dan talks about in this podcast:

Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
Passionflowers (Passiflora spp.)
Dutchman’s pipevine (Aristolochia macrophylla)
Wooly Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia tomentosa)
Clematis spp.
Climbing roses (Rosa spp.)
Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.)
Pelican flower (Aristolochia gigantea)
American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens)
Kentucky wisteria (Wisteria macrostachya)
Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
Chinese trumpet creeper (Campsis grandiflora)
Non-vining clematis (Clematis integrifolia)
‘Lady Margaret’ passionflower (Passiflora ‘Lady Margaret’)
Calico vine (Aristolochia littoralis)
Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
‘Blue Moon’ wisteria (Wisteria ‘Blue Moon’)
‘Fiona Sunrise’ jasmine (Jasminum ‘Fiona Sunrise’)


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About Kathy Ballard Cropp

Kathy is a gardener of two generations: her grandfather-who gardened out of necessity and her father, who gardened purely from the love of it. She started out with indoor plants when they lived in Chicago and Atlanta, she and her father then begin teaching her children about growing vegetables, roses and anything else green since they moved to Virginia in 1987. She took the Master Gardener training class in September 2006, is a member of the Danville Master Gardener Association and in 2010 achieved her 1,000 hour award. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association, Virginia Master Gardener Association and the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens. She has been the executive producer and co-host of a local master gardener radio show called "Here’s the Dirt" that was on WBTM AM in Danville, VA for almost four years. Kathy has spoken locally, state-wide and nationally, through her local cooperative extension, the VA Master Gardener College, and the Garden Writers Symposium in Dallas, Texas. She will be a presenter at the International Master Gardener College which is being held in Charleston, WVA in October, 2011. She has been asked by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company to be part of a national group of garden radio hosts who are spending time working with the company on a national education outreach program through radio. This year she and her 3 adult children have started a company called Gardeners Four Generations and will be producing podcasts for Horticulture magazine’s, Horticulture Radio. They will also be using other forms of social media to draw other gardeners for more research-based gardening information.

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