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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Garden: Wisteria

People who grow wisteria are romantics.

Beautiful and dramatic, the lush, languid vines flower only once a year and although they are spectacular -they are anything but practical. Sort of like falling in love.

The meaning of wisteria varies through the ages, but in her blog, What's Your Sign, writer Avia Venefica says while the Japanese find the plant a symbol of love lost and the ability of the heart to endure, the Buddhists view it as a symbol of prayer and quiet reverence.

Similarly, practitioners of Feng Shui believe wisteria is a visual reminder of bowing down to show honor and respect and should be cultivated for moments of quiet contemplation.

Venefica also reports some wisteria plants have survived for more than one hundred years -allowing the poetic, inspiring vines to symbolize longevity and immortality as well.

According to Gardening Know How, the aggressive, twining vine will require full sun, pruning and sturdy support as it grows. Otherwise, the fragrant, drought-tolerant vine requires little water or fertilizer.     

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