Year-round color

What are some of the best plants to grow on an arbor in Zone 8? I want something that stays pretty year-round.
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If you want an evergreen or semievergreen vine, an excellent choice is Gold Flame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame'), which produces fragrant flowers sporadically from spring to fall, and sometimes in winter too. It will not take over your yard the way Japanese honeysuckle can. Various jasmines, such as long-blooming Spanish jasmine (Jasminum officinale affine), or Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), would also be good choices. Among vines that often shed their leaves in winter (or go dormant if it's cold enough) is the maypop, a native hardy passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), which produces exotic purple blossoms followed by egg-shape fruits.


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