space-saving tip: vines up a shrub
MAYBE YOU ALREADY DO THIS, BUT JUST IN CASE: Buy extra vines of airy texture and short to medium stature (like 6 to 10 feet tall, not the 30-footers), and train them up some shrubs. Small-flowered clematis are great for this, like the one just starting to open (above) in my Corylopsis or winter-hazel.
So is Codonopsis (seen about to ascend a barberry in my front yard, below), or even some annuals of your choosing. Avoid heavy, woody vines like wisteria or trumpet vine, or those with so much foliage (like a large morning glory) that they’ll smother the underlying host plant.
Simply plant the vine in the general proximity of said shrub, and give the vine an indication of what’s expected of it (a bit of bamboo heading in the right general direction…look closely and you’ll see it in the picture above).
The clematis in the bottom photo had a cane to help it up into the golden Chamaecyparis it’s about to dot with color when those flower buds pop. I have similar “doubleheaders” being played in some twig dogwoods out front, and in my bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora). Voila: another season of interest from the same shrub, which dons the costume of the vine as if it’s made for it.