Keith Hansen, Smith County Extension Agent, writes a column each week which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The link above is to Keith’s blog which includes his column and other gardening news and tips.
Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener, writes a weekly column which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph each week.
November 21st Column
Our gardens have been planted with plants that will bloom in late winter through spring and with winter growing vegetables that provide color when there are no blooms, but flowers are few and far between until after January. We all want to look out and see living things in our gardens. Besides evergreen shrubs and trees, there are a few vines that give us evergreen foliage to enjoy while we wait for sunny days and bright flowers.
Kadsura japonica ‘Fukurin’ is a beautiful vine that will gladly oblige. Having 2- 4 inch shiny green leaves edged in creamy white, makes this vine a show-stopper. Our Kadsura grows upon our fence beside the south gate in the IDEA Garden. We planted it the year we started the IDEA Garden and it has grown there ever since. We do have to top it back some every year to keep it in bounds, but it is not an invasive grower like most vines are. The white variegation really makes the vine pop. There is a solid green variety as well as one with marbled variegation. You can plant this lovely vine knowing that it is well-behaved and won’t swallow up your trees and eat up your shrubs. It does not put out underground runners, thus it will not sucker all over your yard. Plant it where you want it and enjoy it for years. Just a yearly clipping will keep it growing as you want it. This wonderful vine will grow in sun or in light bright shade. Give it a strong trellis since it will live many years, an iron one would be best or do like we did and plant it on your fence.
Kadsura vines are not often seen in nurseries, but some of the nurseries that sell harder to find plants probably have it or can get it for you.
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