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Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Vines Know How to Find the Sun

octobre 30You are told that the vine that interests you likes full sun, but the best you can do is offer it shade? Don’t worry too much about that. Almost all climbers tolerate shade while in their juvenile phase; it is in adulthood that sun becomes necessary. As long as the support you offer them to climb on (trellis, pergola, wall, tree, etc.) rises above the surrounding vegetation and other obstacles, your vine will climb climb it and eventually reach the sun it needs. You just have to be a little patient.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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