The Best Climbing Plants For All Gardens
Climbing plants are a great help in the garden, useful for hiding dark circles or covering a wall or fence with flowers and foliage.
They can bring shine to even the smallest garden without taking up a lot of ground space, rather than extending vertically to clad any trellis or structure you choose.
One of the most difficult skills for a gardener to master is incorporating vines into the landscape.
Deciding what and where to place vines is an important and often daunting consideration for new and seasoned gardeners.
Still, there are some really impressive vines that can be planted over doors, trees, or even left hanging in pots.
How to choose the best climbers for your garden
It is worth paying attention to the height a climber will reach before choosing to plant them: some types only grow to head height, while others are so vigorous that they reach the ceiling and move on.
Also, write down all your pruning requirements to make sure you can easily access and care for any plants that need to be cut down in the future.
Some climbers curl or hook onto their supports as they grow, while others have adapted to adhere to surfaces through aerial roots or suckers.
However, they usually all need a little help to hold up as they settle in, so they should be guided with walking sticks or pea sticks at first and tied gently with a garden string.
To help large climbers climb a wall or fence, install galvanized wire lines secured with screw eyelets, placed horizontally on the surface about half a meter apart.
For less vigorous plants, obelisks and cabin or tent tripods are an excellent choice for providing height and support for climbers on a ledge.
One of the most popular climbers among garden designers is the evergreen star jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides, which smells white flowers in summer and deep, glossy green leaves that sometimes turn red in winter.
It grows up to about 9 m and tolerates most soils and situations, although it is happiest in a sunny and sheltered place.
For the sniff, nothing beats sweet peas, which can be sown in disguise starting in February, or bought in early spring as seedlings and planted after the last frost.
The main varieties include 'Matucana' bicolor and highly perfumed; 'Erewhon' which is excellent for cutting; and the 'King Sized Navy Blue' in dark tones.
Keep picking the flowers and the plants will continue to produce them until early fall.
Clematis Macropetala 'Wesselton' blooms early, with extraordinarily large double flowers in shades of light blue to bluish purple reminiscent of a Tinkerbell skirt.
Interest begins even earlier with beautiful bronze-toned buds and continues after flowering with silky seeds. An excellent choice for shrub and tree training, and north-facing gardens, requiring little to no pruning.
A woody climber that needs a lot of space and must be grown in the ground is Hydrangea anomala subsp. The plant, which has white flowers with a lace covering in summer.
This climbing hydrangea is self-adhesive, meaning it clings to a wall or fence with aerial roots and can grow up to 15m tall. It can tolerate some shade, making it a good choice for a north-facing wall.
Chinese Virginia Creeper
Parthenocissus is a deciduous climber that clings to walls and fences with small wind discs and grows en masse each season.
P. henryana is a less vigorous type with beautiful silver-veined leaves and is one of the only climbers, other than ivy, that grows in shady areas.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about gardening top 5 climbers:
Source: Great Home Ideas
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