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Versatile Vines

Vines can add a new dimension to the Florida garden. Many are grown for their beautiful color, including the well-known bougainvillea, while others are appreciated for their lush foliage, such as English ivy. There are suitable vines for both the heat of South Florida and the cooler winters of North Florida. And they don't just add a vertical dimension, either. Sprawling vines like Asiatic jasmine make an excellent groundcover, and ornamental sweet potato looks beautiful when spilling over the edge of a container garden.

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