Climbing plants should never be overlooked when you are planning a new garden or revamping an existing planting scheme. They offer so much versatility and with their unique habit they are invaluable for covering up areas of ugliness in your garden that you may wish to keep hidden. Despite their extreme usefulness Climbers should be considered for their graceful nature alone plus the softness they bring to strong architectural lines. Really, what other form of plant gives you more bang for your buck? For just a little space on the ground floor they will cling, twine or scramble with great determination to reach heady heights. Use them to drip through trees, cover archways, soften a fence or wall and cover water tanks or an old tree stump.
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Pruning a climber or vine in the early stages of its growth is important. As you nip out the growing tips, you encourage the plant to branch out, resulting in many stems that can be trained up the suport. As the climber matures, encourage prolific flowering by pruning, but be aware of the different flowering habits of different plants: some flower on old wood – last season’s growth, and some on new wood – the present season’s growth, so check before you prune. A very important element with regard to pruning is to ensure that you do not cut through a major stem as this will cause a whole section of the plant to die off.
Because a climber is likely to be a permanent fixture in the garden, it is wise to prepare the soil well before planting. Check that the soil is not filled with builder’s rubble as this is often the case next to walls. Include large quantities of organic compost and check that the drainage is good. You are only limited by your imagination. Some climbers such as Trachelospermum jasminoides (AKA Star Jasmine) and Ficus pumila can be used as either a ground cover or small climber depending on how you train the plant initially. Both of these climbers are evergreen. Of equal importance are deciduous climbers such as Clematis and Wisteria which flower in early spring and offer masses of delicate blooms as well as fragrance.
Have a browse through our range of climbers and we are sure you will find a plant that you can easily look up.
Standard. Developed with underplanting in mind this standard form of this gorgeous climber from South America will really brighten up a blank wall or trellis in your garden. Deep green foliage and vibrant magenta purple flower bracts throughout summer add some real drama to any planting scheme. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Purple Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Climber
Sasanqua. Beautiful, pure white ruffled double flowers that are of a medium size. The flowers appear in autumn and early winter. An excellent choice for hedging or espalier. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Trumpet Vine. A fast growing and vigorous climber that supports itself with aerial roots. The showy trumpet flowers are a rich salmon red colour and appear from summer to autumn. Green foliage. Needs a warm sheltered spot to really shine. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 4m
AKA Francis Rivis. Stunning blue medium flower with contrasting White centre, very hardy and robust, tolerates shade and dry soil, pruning can be done to reduced after the first flowering. As a vine for fences or pergolas ideal.
Colour: Blue / White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Clematis Alpina Blue Giant
Current Stock Height: 80/100 cm ?
Container: 3.5l ?
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A favourite Clematis of mine, this beautiful climber comes from China and has lustrous deep green foliage and deliciously fragrant white flowers in spring.The new foliage growth is a warm bronze. Protect from harsh frost and wind. Semi-evergreen. Group 1.
Often described as evergreen but in colder more exposed sites this clematis will experience some leaf loss. Give it a nice sheltered spot if you can and you will be well rewarded.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x spreads
Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm ?
Container: 3.5l ?
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Climber. If you love double forms of clematis you will want to add 'Belle of Taranaki' to your garden. The full form of deep blue flowers is stunning with early blooms lasting a long time on the plant. Later blooms can be simpler in form, but just as compelling. Grow in sun or part shade in deep cool soil. Prune as per Group 2. Deciduous.
This 'Duchess' is quite voluptuous with large, deliciously double, cream blooms with cream stamens. The flowers open from fat buds in spring and summer. and are followed by silky seed heads. Plant in sun or part shade in deep cool soil for best results. Deciduous. Group 2.
Clematis hybrids do not like their surface roots to bake in our hot summer sun. You can use a layer of mulch to keep the roots cool or perhaps side plant some annuals that will shade the root area.
Colour: Assorted / Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1m
Kathleen Dunford has single and semidouble, mauve, saucer-shaped blooms with red anthers. Large, summer flowers are borne on sideshoots growing from last year's shoots. Additional blooms may be borne on the tips of the present year's growth. Prefers part shade. Deciduous Group 2
Colour: Mauve Habit: Climber Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
Very large star shaped blooms that are very pretty in tones of pale pink and a very deep pink. Happy in sun or part shade as long as the surface roots are kept cool. Lovely to twine through a climbing rose or deciduous tree. Flowers in spring- summer. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1m