Magazine article Sunset

Vines That Say Good Morning: How to Use These Colorful Easy Growers. (Garden)

Magazine article Sunset

Vines That Say Good Morning: How to Use These Colorful Easy Growers. (Garden)

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There's something magical about morning glories, which do indeed bloom gloriously in the morning, then swirl closed as the day fades.

For growers Sheryl and Marshall Lozier, that's just what makes these vining annuals and perennials so irresistible. As you see in the photo above, perennial blue dawn flower (Ipomoea indica) scrambles up the side of their cottage. Elsewhere, another five-year-old plant weaves through a white-flowered potato vine (Solanum jasminoides) to cover a stucco arch.

"It's not for every garden," Sheryl says of the blue dawn flower. "It'll come in your doors and windows if you let it." To keep the vines in check, the Loziers prune them to 3 feet tall each January.

If you don't have room for this rambunctious rambler, consider its annual counterpart, I. tricolor. Sheryl trains them along the wire fencing of a maze. "They're a must-grow," she says. "Structures that support them don't have to be as strong as for perennial types."

The Loziers' Summers Past Farms (www.summerspastfarms.com or 619/390-1523), a 5-acre herb farm and nursery near San Diego, is one good place to see and buy morning glories. …

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