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You can choose from a number of natural ways to cool off your patio with the side effect of bringing cooler air into your home as well during otherwise overheated Summer days and evenings. Why not start with some fast-growing climbing vines?

Perennial Vines for the Sun

  • English Ivy
  • Five-leaf Akebia
  • Grape Vines
  • Perennial Pea
  • Porcelain Vine
  • Silver fleece
  • Trumpet Creeper
  • Wisteria


Check out your local garden center. Supermarkets even carry plants for the garden these days.

For information about awnings, shade sails, inexpensive misters and more, please see

Cooling Techniques for the Patio and Garden.


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