Savvy gardeners realize that flowers aren't the only plants that make our hearts go pitter patter. Foliage and a kaleidoscope of fruits and berries can also get our motors running. As I've told you (for those keeping track... millions of times), I have very little sun in my heavily tree canopied garden. I used to whine, at the flower shows, estate tours and occasionally at a garden center. For years, my garden didn't have a chance against my expectations. Visions of sun loving, rose vined trellises and bright colored perennials danced thru my dreams! Then thru a SSLR (serious shade lover's rehabilitation) I found color, and berries, and the challenge filled my void.
On that note: I introduce a few of my enablers!
Porcelain Berry vine
Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora): intoxicatingly fragrant! The flowers are delicate and profuse. This is a deciduous vine that gracefully blooms in the fall. The scent is sweet and jasmine- like. I think they will grow almost anywhere. Mine is located in the poorest of conditions and puts on quite a show every Fall.
Climbing Hydrangea ( Hydrangea petiolaris): Climbing Hydrangea boasts an exceptional vining along with a shrub like habit. Flowering in midsummer, it climbs without support, so just give it a wall, arbor, or structure to grow against and up it goes! Its white flowers, rich green foliage and stricking exfoliating bark creates interest every season.
So there are a few of my favorites...hope you try at least one of them! Let me know if you have a particular "whine" about your garden.