When you don’t have the time or space needed to grow shade trees but you can’t live comfortably outdoors in the blistering sun, building an arbor and planting a vine to provide a cool leafy canopy may be the solution.

What kind of vines should i choose?

Many vines grow quickly and become quite large, so don’t plant four vines where one will serve better over time.

Be sure to build the shade cover large enough to shelter the space needed and high enough, typically 9 feet above the patio floor, so that as the vine drapes there’s still plenty of headroom underneath. Vines wrapped around a trellis against a wall can fit spaces too narrow for shrubs of the same height. Just remember to check the mature sizes so that you don’t plant a Great Dane where you needed a Chihuahua.

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