There is no feature of ornamental gardening that adds more to the beauty of our modest but picturesque homes than the hardy climbers trained on the porches and verandas of our houses. All florists who do a general business are constantly asked to supply them, and can afford to keep a few of each desirable kind. I would not advise the ordinary florist to go into the propagation of these plants, as it is more the business of the nurseryman, but a few yards of ground will make room for the heeling in of a good many plants, and they are there when called for.
This list could be considerably extended, but will be found to contain the most desirable, inexpensive and easy to procure. These hardy climbers are planted at the foot of a veranda post close to the foundation walls, where the ground is often nothing but clay and rubbish from building material. This is not a fair show for these permanent vines. Although most all of them can take care of themselves when once established they should be given a good start by excavating a large hole and returning at least a bushel of rich soil. Frequently, also, they may be on the side of the house where little or no rain can reach them and the first summer of planting they should be faithfully watered and mulched.
Lycium, the Matrimony Vine, in Flower and Showing the Long Pendent Sprays.
Climbers With Ornamental Foliage.
Ampelopsis Veitchii, best for walls. Hedera, English ivy.
Climbers With Conspicuous Flowers.
Lonicera Halleana, Japan honeysuckle.
Lycium, matrimony vine.
Bignonia, trumpet flower.
Clematis, the Jackmanii type.
Clematis, the paniculata type.
Roses, Crimson Rambler and many other varieties.