Pink, blue, and purple morning glories create a beautiful frame for this little sparrow.
Morning glories (Ipomoea) are some amazing flowers that hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies adore. They are versatile and can be planted in a variety of ways in containers, on a trellis, in a hanging basket, or on a fence. They are also quite stunning to look at when they climb around a lamp post or a mailbox.
Growing a morning glory plant from seeds is incredibly easy, but if you want to get the best results, you need to prepare your seeds before they are planted. There are two ways to prepare them that I use. The tough outer shell can be nicked with an emery board or nail file, or soaked overnight in water. Either way will work, as the purpose of the advanced preparation is to encourage and speed up germination. The step-by-step instructions are included below.
Morning glories are hardy in USDA growing zones 3–10. They have slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers of many colors, depending upon the variety you choose to plant. They are drought-tolerant and will bloom from early summer right up to the first frost.
This photo was taken prior to these morning glory seeds being soaked overnight, which opens them up to speed up germination.
Once you have your seeds ready, do the following:
Not exactly black, but a very deep, dark purple-black color.
They grow somewhat slower than most other morning glories.
White blooms striped in pink.
A vining annual that also works great as a groundcover.
Huge huge star-shaped blooms that are dark blue with a purple star and a white edge.
Cultivated by the Japanese to have a profusion of beautiful, 5" flowers.
Star of Yelta
These beauties have purple blooms, each bearing a bright pink star and tiny white central dot.
These remain open longer during the day than most other morning glories.
These have a deep, rich purple hue that makes the white star center really stand out.
Like all morning glories, these plants will climb anything in their path.
Morning glory plants can be vulnerable to attack from several insect pests, including the following:
Note: If you click on the names of the insects above, you will be transferred to a site that can effectively explain how to eliminate them from your garden.
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Mike and Dorothy McKenney (author) from United States on March 07, 2019:
I agree completely, Peggy. I hope to have them growing all over our wall around our backyard this year. Thanks!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2019:
At our last home prior to planting shrubbery along our backyard fence, I grew morning glories. They self-seeded after the first year and were so beautiful when in bloom. It is an inexpensive way to embellish a fence.