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.
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.
If you have a very warm sheltered spot then this is the climber for you. Deep green foliage and bright crimson red flower bracts make a stunning display from summer to autumn. Must have well drained soil and protection from frost. Evergreen.
As Bouganvillea come from South America warmth is more important to the plant than lots of fertilizer. Choose a spot where the soil is well drained and therefore does not get too cold and claggy in winter.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: Climber
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. 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. 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Well this pretty in pink Clematis hybrid is just the 'Bees Knees' with large blooms of mid pink that are highlighted with a deeper pink stripe. Flowers in spring-summer. Grow in sun or part shade in deep cool soil for best results. Prune as per Group 2. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1m
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.
Clematis "Melbourne Cup", is a sport of Myojo, but has a cup shaped form of flower that looks rather special on the vine. Plant in full sun with roots in cool shade. flowers in early to late Summer. Ideal for training on walls, arches, pillars, pergolas, trellis-work, and in containers. Deciduous
Clematis Montana. Small, flattish, faintly scented, semi-double, flowers pale, creamy yellow at the centre of the tepal shading through pale pink to a deep pink margin. Yellow anthers on white filaments. Deciduous
So named because of the similarity of the flowers to the Pied Piper of Hamelin’s "gypsy coat of red and yellow" in Robert Browning's poem.