White Flowering Vines Now Blooming

Sweet autumn Clematis in full blooms trailing on a crepemyrtle

Sweet autumn Clematis in full blooms trailing on a crepemyrtle

The prolific flowers of Sweet Autumn Clematis are slightly fragrant.

The prolific flowers of sweet autumn clematis are slightly fragrant.

 A young Sliver Lace Vine is starting to blooming on my mailbox .

A young silver lace vine is starting to bloom on my mailbox .

Two of my favorite fall flowering vines are white. Sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora) rambles in many gardens and semi-wild areas all over the metro area. It is a great bloomer and no trouble to grow, but it is tough to contain. In my area of town you can see it on fences, along rock walls, and even covering some shrubs. The ones in my garden, which I keep under control by pulling out the vines, were blown in by seeds. But as a fall bloomer, you cannot beat it. As a bonus, the flowers are fragrant.
My other fall white flowering vine favorite is silver lace vine (Fallopia baldschuanica previously called Polygonum aubertii), a rapid growing vine in the right conditions, but it is easily controllable. It loves well drained soils and full sun, and it will reward you with a beautiful display of fall bloom clusters. This vine can easily cover an arbor or trellis in a growing season, but pruning it when it goes dormant is the best way to control it. Mine is in a dry location in root dense soil, and I easily control it on our mail box. While occasionally you can find this in a local nursery, most folks get theirs from mail order sources.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “White Flowering Vines Now Blooming

  1. I appreciate finding out what the white flowered vine is that has been on our arbor for years, Sweet Autumn Clematis. It often does not bloom, but this year it is abundant because we have had more sunshine than usual and it has not yet frosted. It shares the arbor with an old-fashioned climbing rose that has been in the family for generations.
    Thanks for your website.

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