“Ornamental Vines Entwine”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Earlier this summer, when my sister and I went plant shopping, I bought several sweet potato vines. I already grow Margarite, the chartreuse one, Sweet Caroline Green Yellow, and Ace of Spades a dark black one. On this plant buying outing, I bought three more – Sweet Caroline Red (maple-shaped leaf), Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red (heart-shaped leaf), and Sweet Caroline Bewitched Purple (frilly leafed). Of course, when I bought these tree new vines, I had no place in mind as to where I would put them. (I know , I know, you are not supposed to buy plants without having a plan where they are supposed to go, but what can I say? Like you’ve never done this.) Finally, I decided to plant them in hanging baskets and hang them from a shepherd’s hook. At first the plants were scrawny, but now that shepherd’s hook is a focal point in the back garden.
In the center basket is Sw. Caroline Bewitched, to the right is Sw. Caroline Red, and to the left is Sw. Caroline Sweetheart Red. These three tend to be a little more compact than the earlier ornamental sweet potato vines such as Margarite and Blackie. At the base of the shepherd’s hook is a container with Sweet Caroline Bronze and Alabama Sunset coleus. I am certainly pleased with how these hanging baskets look.
It should be easy to overwinter these baskets, but come springtime, I think I will be placing them in the garden. Maybe by that time I will have figured out where to plant them.