Plants – Climbers

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Climbers - Flowering Seasons
Climbers - Guide

Sometimes called creepers or runners, these plants can be useful in any garden. They can purely be grown for aesthetic appeal with beautiful flowers and foliage, adding romance to your garden or they can be effective in covering or hiding unwanted sights. Climbers cling in various ways and need appropriate support structures. They can cling with small tendrils, by twining their stems around or by using sucker pads or aerial roots to self-cling. Construct support structures like a pergola or trellis solidly, in order to bear the additional weight of the climber.
When making your choice, consult the decided purpose and eventual heights and widths.

Planting proposal…

  • Bear in mind, the planting position should be safe from gutters getting blocked with leaves or, if dealing with adventitious roots, plastered walls that can get damaged.

  • Dig a planting hole, square, of at least 60 x 60cm and 60cm deep. Water and drain the hole.

  • Enrich the soil with one-third compost and add a handful 2:3:2. Work this medium to a fine texture and mix thoroughly with your garden fork. Remove any foreign objects at the same time.

  • Plant the climber with this improved soil and soak thoroughly.

Pruning for flowering…

  • Some climbers like the Bougainvillaea, only flower on older wood and should not be pruned hard, once a year. Rather keep these climbers in shape by pruning lightly when needed.

  • Plants that flower on young wood should benefit from pruning directly after the flowering period.

Climbers with fragrant flowers and colourful foliage

Autumn foliage

Parthenocissus henryana (Silver veined creeper)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy, Japanese creeper)

Vitis coignetiae (Crimson glory vine)

Fragrant flowers

South Africa Jasminum multipartitum

Beaumontia grandiflora (Nepal trumpet climber)

Gelsemium sempervirens (False jasmine, Carolina yellow jessamine)

Jasminum azoricum (Jasmine)

Jasminum nitidum (Angelwing jasmine)

Jasminum polyanthum (Chinese jasmine)

Jasminum sambac (Arabian jasmine)

Lonicera x brownii (Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle)

Lonicera caprifolium (Italian honeysuckle)

Lonicera confusa

Lonicera hildebrandtiana (Giant honeysuckle)

Lonicera japonica (Golden vein Japanese honeysuckle)

Lonicera periclymenum (English honeysuckle)

Lonicera sempervirens (Scarlet honeysuckle)

Mandevilla laxa (Chilean jasmine)

Mandevilla splendens

Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine, Bridal wreath, Wax flower)

Wistaria floribunda (Japanese wisteria)

Wistaria sinensis (Chinese wisteria)

Note: Some plants may be grown in regions with frost, but are mentioned under areas with NO FROST, for they will grow better under those conditions.


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