If you've just started to get into gardening and are eager to learn, hop over to Margaret Roach's blog, A Way to Garden. Not only is it full of great tips and advice on when to plant what and how to care for everything from house plants to finicky bulbs, but it's also got some pretty neat ideas. Our latest gardening project comes straight from her site: growing vines up a shrub.
[ Photo from A Way to Garden ]This idea is great if you're needing to fill up space:
"Buy extra vines of airy texture and short to medium stature (like 6 to 10 feet tall, not the 30-footers), and train them up some shrubs. Small-flowered clematis are great for this, like the one just starting to open (above) in my Corylopsis or winter-hazel."