The following list features species either common to the Maryland Piedmont or frequently found and used in local restoration projects.
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Guide to Growing Conditions
||Full Sun: direct sunlight at least six hours a day.
||Partial Shade: direct sunlight between three to six hours.
||Shade: less than three hours of direct sunlight a day.
||Water does not remain after rain; drought-tolerant plants.
||Soil is damp, occasionally saturated during the year.
||Soil is saturated during much of the growing season.
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"Swinging With Native Vines" (PDF, 2 pp, 333K)
"Using Vines in the Garden"
An exquisite essay by Kathleen Fisher in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Flowering Vines: "create garden rooms with inexpensive trellises and festoon them with climbers. Vines clambering up the house itself will quickly create the illusion that the structure is part of its setting, rather than an intruder. And if you're an apartment dweller with nary a scrap of land, you can still grow vines, either in containers outdoors—wrap them along your balcony railing—or indoors in a sunny window."
"Versatile vines can add beauty to your yard"
By Nancy Szerlag: " In the wild, vines are an important part of Mother Nature’s landscape. They seed into the niches and crevices of rock-covered culverts and add a refreshing frame of green to the picture."
"The Vagaries of Climbing Vines"
From Fine Gardening Magazine: "Climbing vines are distinctive in their tendency to wander, sometimes even endlessly, it seems. Any plant that does not intend to stay where you put it—an intimidating behavior pattern, to be sure—pretty much requires you to know how it's going to travel. There's also the matter of providing the right kind of support and, when intervention is necessary, knowing which way the new growth would like to go."
Using Vines in Your Landscaping
From MSU Horticultural Extension: "Vines are used in contemporary designs to soften the harsh lines of space dividers or baffles. On steep banks or under shade trees where grass can be grown only with difficulty, certain vines make fine ground covers. Even some annuals such as Morning Glory provide good cover to fences etc. with the help of a trellis to climb on."
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