Clinging and climbing vines are nature's tools to hide imperfections and improve landscapes. Vines are naturally comfortable in the country, but they are also tough city dwellers - handling the pollution and city heat that shrivel up more sensitive plants. Vines can be tolerant of drought, yet bask in a poolside environment.

Vines can be used for improving your lawn and garden, and for improving the imperfections around your home. If you have an older home with outdoor stairs built with uneven risers, use vines to disguise the uneven angles. If your mailbox post is boring and needs a little life, or if the ugliness of your utility pole is driving you crazy, plant some climbing honeysuckle vines or roses to mask the pole with color. When you don't have the means to repair the cracks extruding through your home's exterior, let vines hide the imperfections and improve your landscape. If you have buildings to hide, ivy vines are strong enough and energetic enough to cover any old building that is an eyesore to your land.

Vines are hardworking, but they soften edges. When landscaping a yard, vines added around a tree trunk gives a soft background to a surrounding raised flower garden. Vines are always welcome as borders and backgrounds in any yard, and as city-dwellers they can soften city walls and warm up city terraces.

As with most plants, vines need to be selected based on climate. Northern and southern varieties each have their own hardiness factors. Many vines are easy to take care of, but flowering ones may need to be maintained. Honeysuckle vines and rose vines are prime examples. Ample support is also needed for wisteria and clematis, whereas ivies and creepers do well on their own. What works well for your mailbox or home siding may not be practical when covering an old shed or barn out yonder.

Your outdoor imperfections and harsh landscaping lines can be improved by planting a few simple vines in just the right places. Take a look at your yard, and notice where a little clinging nature might help make some improvements. Using nature's tools might be the simple answer when the idea of using your home tools becomes a bit overwhelming. Just plant your vines, and let nature create a charming improvement to your outdoor world.