Colors are one of the most important thing to consider when you design a garden. You don’t need to be a specialist to create a beautiful arangement, you just need to consider some simple things. Color effects vary according to light levels in different parts of your garden. For example, in a sunny spot, deep or bright colors which absorb light will show up more strongly than paler colors. Paler colors instead, will successfully illuminate a dull space and may be used to great effect in places that are most often viewed in the evening.Read More »
When planting climbers make sure you put them in the right position in order to achieve best results. To grow well and to achieve their full potential, many climbers need a sunny position with their roots in shade, but there are also some that need a cooler position. There are still some that are not so demanding and will do tolerate some shade even they prefer a sunny spot.Read More »
Old or neglected climbers, the ones that have not been pruned for too long or have not been trained to a support, often become a mass of tangled, woody stems and produce a poor display of flowers. In this situation you can prune hard the plant to rejuvenate it but make sure your plant withstand this type of treatment. Most climbers will re-grow well after a pruning close to the base or to main framework stems, but if the plant is in poor health condition it may not survive this treatment. In this case, if the plant looks to be in a really bad shape and you still want to save it, than you should reduce the size of the plant gradually over a period of two to three years combining this treatment with annual feeding.Read More »
When we say climbers we think of plants that are covering walls and trellises and grow upright, climbing any support they find. But some climbers, especially those with aerial roots or those with a scandent, trailing or scrambling habit, may be grown without support, this way they will produce swathes of ground cover. They are particularly effective when they are allowed to grow and spread over a sloping bank or when trailing over a wall where they will often root into the soil beneath.Read More »
Climbing plants attach themselves to supports by various methods so they need different types of support according to their needs. Many of them have aerial roots that readily attach to any vertical surface without support. Others use their twining stems, leaf stalks or coiling tendrils to climb on some support. Scandent and scrambling climbers produce long stems that need to be tied in at regular intervals.Read More »
Wisteria plants originally grow in China, Korea, Japan and C. and S. USA, on trees, with the roots embedded in the forest floor in the rich organic matter of the leaf litter created by autumn leaf falls. The top growth of the plants grows strongly up ward to reach the light. Wisteria can displace native vegetation and kill trees and shrubs by girdling them. They have the ability to change the structure of a forest by killing trees and altering the light availability to the forest floor. Avoid planting wisteria near young trees as the vines may overgrow and strangle them.
There are 10 species of wisteria but three types of them are well known: Chinese wisteria vines (Wisteria sinensis), Japanese wisteria vines (Wisteria floribunda) and American wisteria vines (Wisteria frutescens).
Wisteria is a very vigorous, deciduous twining climber that find its perfect sites on walls, trellises, arbors, trees and pergolas. Wisteria can also be grown as a single trunk standard or a tree-form. Stems are large with smooth, tight gray to white bark, twining anticlockwise around the support. Alternate, pinnate, dark green leaves are tapered at the tip with wavy edges. Lavender, pink or white hanging chain of flowers are fragrant, very showy and abundant, and appear in spring or early summer. Seed are in a flattened bean-like pod.
Plumbago auriculata, also known as Plumbago or Cape Leadwort, is an evergreen shrub, usually grown as a climber. It can be pruned to grow like a vine over supports or pruned into a compact mounded shrub or left to sprawl with its long, gracefully arching branches. It is grown for its pale blue phlox-like flowers that bloom freely throughout the growing season. A white flowered variety - Plumbago auriculata var. alba - is also available. The cultivar 'Royal Cape' has intense cobalt blue flowers.
It is hardy to zones 8 to 11 and can withstand some frosts. Even if killed to the ground, it will usually recover quickly. It may need to be cut back after winter to keep it tidy, even if this is only done every few years. Excessive growth can be removed at any time of year. Plumbago survives with little watering once established, and is considered moderately drought tolerant. It grows best in a place with full sun and fertile soils with good drainage.Read More »
Passiflora, also known as Granadilla or Passion flower is a mostly evergreen climber with exotic flowers. Perfect as a garden flower, Passion flowers are a joy to grow in any flower garden if you live in a warmer area or in a greenhouse or conservatory if you live in frost-prone area, a delight to look at and smell, easy to cultivate and an absolute joy to watch growing throughout the gardens cycle.
Passion flowers are considered to be hardy climbers, some species may survive temperatures down to 0 Celsius degrees (32 F) if the wood has been well ripened in summer, but they should be planted in a protected place and mulched heavily if you are in a area with severe cold winters. Passion flowers can be difficult to overwinter because their roots are prone to rot if kept cold and wet. Established plants have a better chance of overwintering than very young ones. In the garden, Passion flowers can stand short periods of frost but if long periods of frost are expected than a little heat may be needed to prevent the roots becoming frozen. The top growth is usually killed back by frost, but it will pop back to life in the next spring.Read More »
Hedera helix, also known as Ivy, Common Ivy or English Ivy, is a very ornamental, hardy - tolerates temperatures down to about -25 Celsius degrees (-13 F), evergreen climber growing up to 20-30 m tall and 5 m wide. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant that can easily grow on any vertical surfaces, but also as ground cover where there are no vertical surfaces. It bears flowers from late summer to late autumn, individually small, in 3-5 cm diameter umbels, greenish-yellow and very rich in nectar, an important food source for late bees and other insects. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are followed by fruits - small black berries that are ripening in late winter and are an important food for many birds. There are many varieties of Ivy with different leaf shapes, sizes, and colors, including variegated. The variegated forms are less hardy than the species and also require more light. Some cultivars were developed for tolerance to sunny conditions.Read More »
Humulus lupulus (Common hop) is a dioecious, rhizomatous, twining, perennial herbaceous climbing plant, which sends up new shoots in early spring, grows rapidly and vigorously each year by mid-summer and dies back to the cold-hardy rhizome in autumn. The flower cones of the plant, known as hops, are used in the production of beer to impart bitterness and flavor, but the vine itself is also highly ornamental. It will provide you a good screen that will rapidly cover unattractive structures or can be used as a foliage vine for trellises and arbors, as it needs a support structure on which to climb.
It is in flower from mid to late summer and the seeds ripen from early to mid autumn. The flowers are dioecious - individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant - so both male and female plants must be grown if seeds are required. Flowers emit a pine-like fragrance and are attractive to butterflies.Read More »