More Late Blooming Shrubs and Vines

More Late Blooming Shrubs and Vines
Quite a few shrubs and vines can continue blooming in late summer and fall. Here are details for some species.

Scarlet Runner Bean

Scarlet runner bean is an easy to grow annual. It attracts pollinators. The bean pods, a foot long, are edible. In warm climates, this plant can be perennial. Elsewhere, it blooms until frost. The vines are up to 15 feet in length.

This can be grown the same way as you would any other pole bean. The showy blossoms are red, which accounts for the common name.

Sweet Autumn Clematis

Hardy to zone 5, this vine can be 20 to 30 feet in length. The white blooms appear in late summer and fall. These are richly scented.

The plant is clothed with the small, white flowers, 1½ inches wide. They appear in clusters. This vine is very free flowering. Sweet autumn clematis is the hardiest of the clematis. The very reliable plant benefits from a support. Otherwise, it will climb any shrub or other nearby plant. The fruit is fluffy.

Virgin’s Bower

This is also called old man’s beard. Virgin’s bower is native to the East. Hardy to zone 4, the stems are up to 18 feet in length. Flowering begins in ate August, and continues into October.

The white blossoms are very small and very plentiful. The blooms, 1 ½ inch wide, form axillary clusters. Later in the fall, this bears very showy, fluffy seed pods. The climbing vine can be sprawling.

Trumpet Honeysuckle

This is also known as coral honeysuckle. It is a twining or climbing vine, 50 feet in length this is native to the East, westward to Nebraska and Texas. Trumpet honeysuckle is the hardiest of the honeysuckles—to zone 3.

The two inch long showy blooms are yellow, scarlet, or orange with yellow interiors, according to the variety. Forming terminal clusters, the flowers, 2 inches long, open throughout the summer and fall. This can be evergreen in warm climates.

Common Witch Hazel

Common witch hazel is native to the East. Hardy to zone 4, it is found in woods. This can be 15 feet in height.

The coarse shrub is the last of the native woody plants to bloom, flowering from September through November. The unusual flowers, ¾ inch long, are vivid yellow and have ribbon-like petals that can close up during cold weather.

This plant tolerates shade. The vase-like plant has foliage that turns yellow in the fall.

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