Start with a pack of seeds in
spring. By late summer your arbor, trellis, or fence will be a glorious wall of
living color! There is nothing quite like a morning glory to make people stop
and admire the sheer exuberance of life. Vines grow from 5 to 15 feet tall and flower colors range from sky blue to
red violet; most have a white eye and some are rimmed with white as well. If
you don't have the space for unbridled exuberance, look for the double flowered
varieties, such as ""Split Second" or "Cotton Candy". They tend to be slightly more
restrained, and can even be successfully grown in containers.
2. Plant. Sow soaked morning glory seeds directly in the garden in spring, about ˝ inch deep and 6 to 8 inches apart, after danger of frost has passed. Cover seeds lightly with soil and press gently.
3. Grow. Water the soil to keep it moist for a week or two, until seeds germinate. Pull weeds that sprout nearby, and apply organic mulch, such as bark chips, to control weeds and conserve soil moisture. As the vines grow, guide them onto the netting or string if they stray.
4. Enjoy. The dense vines of trumpet flowers and heart-shaped leaves will create a stunning privacy screen by late summer. They can also adorn an arch or pergola with old-fashioned style and grace.
AT A GLANCE
Exposure: Full sun; tolerant of partial shade.
Planting time: after danger of frost
Planting depth: 1/2 inch deep
Spacing in row: Sow 6 to 8 inches apart
Time to flower : 80 to 120 days from seed
Morning Glories can be grown in large containers. Provide them with a trellis, or extend strings from the pot to a sturdy support, and watch them climb.