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Published Sep. 1, 2005

Hanging gardens

Rose-covered arbors are a classic, but branch out and consider these other easily trainable climbers:

CLEMATIS: A flowering vine that resembles a wild rose.

GRAPE VINE: Its heavy fruit will look best on a large pergola.

WISTERIA: Romantic, heavy-flowering branch for a sturdy arbor.

STAR JASMINE: Lightweight, fragrant vine; easy to train.

HONEYSUCKLE: Good for small, fragile arbors, attracts bees.

SOLANUM (POTATO VINE): sturdy, flowering vine.

TRUMPET VINE: A vigorous vine for a sturdy arbor.

BOUGAINVILLEA: A thorny flowering vine; requires large, wide arbor.

TRAILING GERANIUMS: Colorful, prolific flowers, but branches snap easily.

IVY: An English classic that's good for shady areas, but easily gets out of hand.


Occasional excerpts from fertile sources.

Climbing Gardens, By Joan Clifton. Firefly, $19.95.

"Entrances are mysteriously inviting when partly obscured by flowers and vines. To suggest the slightly edgy balance between civilized contemporary living and the primal forces of nature, you might allow tendrils of scented jasmine to engulf your windows in the summer, or train delicate trailing fronds of Boston ivy to descend over your front porch. . . . To enhance the feeling of adventure, you could light candles in glass lanterns among the foliage when visitors are expected."

_ Compiled from Times staff and wire reports