“A Purple Cascade”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The neighbor’s wisteria is blooming. A sure sign of spring.
Mine is not blooming yet nor does it bloom as profusely – a little too much shade. Theirs is growing up a huge pine tree which is really not such a good idea. These rampant growers can strangle a tree by girdling it.
While they may be invasive, come spring time they are spectacular when in bloom, and it is understandable why they are so popular.
The showy, sweet-smelling flowers is what sells this plant. I remember when I was a child, our next door neighbors had a large pergola covered with wisteria. When it was in bloom, with the delicious fragrance perfuming the air, that arbor was to me the most romantic and fairy tale-like place to be. Every time I smell the wisteria blossoms, it brings back the memory of that pergola.
The reason that this plant is not welcomed in many areas is because it is such an easy to grow plant and when it escapes the landscape into the wild, it spreads very aggressively and chokes out native trees and shrubs. When driving down the highway where there are still wooded areas, you can see large areas blanketed by the purple and white wisteria flowers. While this is a very lovely sight, you have to wonder what plants this vine may be smothering. There are two native wisteria vines that are better behaved and not considered invasive. These are really a better choice in many areas.
I am trying to grow mine as a single trunk or tree form. This is how my dad grew one years ago. Since it doen’t require any support and is kept trimmed back, it doesn’t get out of hand. I hope mine starts blooming soon because I just love those purple cascades of fragant flowers.