Tropical Gardening: April showers to bring spring flowers

Thunbergia mysorensis is one of several Thunbergia species that may be planted as an arbor specimen to show off clusters of hanging inflorescences. Some others are the Blue Clock Vine and the White Clock Vine. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy photo)

As the sun gets stronger, many shrubs, trees and especially vines can grow at a rapid pace. This makes vines great for covering unsightly fences like concrete or chain link. Good fences and hedges make good neighbors goes the old saying, and maybe in the old days it was the case. Stone walls are traditional and impressive, but expensive. Today, we have so many choices that an unattractive fence or hedge might create all kinds of neighbor problems depending on type of material used.