There are few landscape and garden applications of vining plants more classic than June-blooming clematis cascading over a mailbox, at right.
They can also soften vast expanses of solid walls, below left, provide shade when sprawling over pergolas, and add splashes of color and interesting texture in tight spaces when trained onto a vertical surface.
They can serve as a foil for "secret" doors, such as the one at an entrance to a backyard garden featured during a past GardenWalk in Buffalo, New York, below right. And, of course, they can be left to ramble over other plants in the landscape - just like they do in nature, below left - though that option tends to make me a bit nervous!
Regardless of their application, keep in mind that most vines including wisteria, Virgina and Boston creeper, trumpetvine, English ivy, and most clematis are really rampant growers. So, either stand back and give them plenty of room to grow, or think at least twice before adding them to your landscape or garden!