This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
There is nothing which will do more to beautify and give a home appearance to a room, than a few nicely arranged climbers, properly trained over windows, picture frames and glasses. Many seem to have imbibed the idea that such plants require great art and skill in their production and proper treatment, but such is not the case, for no plants are more readily taken care of than these. My favorites are the Maurandias, and particularly the M. Barclay vine. If raised from the seed, the sowing should not be later than the middle of June, but cuttings may be put into proper soil in August, which will make good plants for winter growth. Layers may sometimes be put down early in September, which, by plentiful watering, may make good plants. My best out-door specimen is now fourteen feet long, and will cover at least thirty square feet of surface. The colors vary with the variety, and are matters of taste. Next in order of favoritism comes the Coboea scandens, or Mexican vine. There is some difficulty in starting the seeds of this plant in the open ground, though, with care, it can be done. From five seeds planted, this season, I have three fine plants for winter flowering.
For filling pots for winter climbing vines a mixture of equal parts of garden soil, sand and leaf mould, is best, and occasional waterings, with liquid manure, should be given. Some succeed very well with many of the varieties of Passiflora, or Passion flower. The selection will depend upon taste as to color, but my favorite would be P. Cerulea, or P. pernissa.