For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to wisteria. Its big, drooping blooms are breathtaking. When it wraps itself around a pergola or door frame, it seems almost magical to me. Whether you have it in your garden already, or are considering adding it to your landscape, here’s a few pros and cons of this flowering vine.
The most obvious benefit of wisteria is its amazing beauty. Few flowering vines produce such big, profuse blooms. It instantly becomes a focal point in the spring season when its at its peak.
Another pro is that the blooms attract butterflies and bees for pollinating. The flowers can be bluish-lavender, pink, mauve, or even white.
Wisteria is a vigorous grower and can reach over 30 feet in length or height. This is great if you have a large pergola to cover in a canopy. Once filled in, wisteria creates a gorgeous tunnel of eye candy.
The flowering vine is fairly easy to grow and will last for many years. It’s a hardy vine with glossy leaves and interesting seed pods that follow the blooms after spring.
Look how beautiful it is framing an old wooden door. It’s immediate curb appeal when it blooms.
Now for a few cons of this stunning vine. Because it’s a vigorous grower, it can become invasive. Some people think they’re a nuisance despite their beauty.
Another downside is that once this plant gets established, it’s extremely difficult to remove. So give careful consideration to where you plant it and realize it’s likely to remain a permanent fixture.
Probably most concerning is the vine’s toxicity. The seed pods are interesting to see, but the seeds are poisonous and shouldn’t be ingested. So if you have dogs or small children, you might want to choose a different flowering vine.
Do you think the pros outweigh the cons, or vice versa?
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