On Gardening: Native cross vine creates picture-perfect arbor or trellis

April 9, 2015 12:10 PM

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My jaw dropped as I stared at the most beautiful cross vine used to perfection. It is a rare garden I visit where the native cross vine is used to its true potential, but such is the case at home in Savannah, Ga.'s beautiful historic district. The Victorian Style home was painted a golden apricot that served as a stunning backdrop.

I've got cross vine growing wild in my yard climbing southern wax myrtle but that is a far cry from the one I saw on a recent weekend. The cross vine, also called quarter vine, is known botanically as Bignonia capreolata. It is native in 17 states from Illinois southward to the Gulf Coast and is col...

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