For April’s plant of the month we will be taking a closer look at climbers. Even in the most colourful gardens there is almost always a bare patch of fence calling out for an injection of climbing colour. We often receive questions regarding climbers so we thought we would go ahead and answer some of those in Aprils blog post.
One question we hear time and time again is which climbers are evergreen and can offer a permeant screen when grown up a piece of trellis? Well we all know the most common option which is Ivy. Although options are very limited there are a few more attractive plants to consider.
Trachelospermum Jasminoides Star Jasmine
Star Jasmine is a woody, evergreen climber with rich dark green leaves which turn bronze during winter. From mid to late summer, pure white fragrant flowers are produced. Star Jasmine need to be grown on a warm sunny but sheltered wall.
Clematis Early Sensation
Is an evergreen clematis, growing up to 3m tall, with finely-divided leaves, bronze when young and maturing to a dark green. In spring this cultivar bears a profusion of scented, white, bell to cup-shaped flowers, up to 7.5cm in diameter, each with a greenish-yellow centre
A strong evergreen dark-stemmed twining climber with ovate-oblong or lance- shaped, dark green leaves. These are initially flushed deep bronze, bearing oppositely paired two-lipped tubular, fragrant orange-yellow flowers in the leaf axes in summer, followed by blue-black fruit.
In a smaller garden every scrap of space counts. We get asked regularly which climbers are the most highly fragranced? Of course there any many roses especially from David Austin which will satisfy this need but here are a few other options.
Jasmine Officanale Common Jasmine
Jasminum officinale is a sweetly scented climber, bearing dark green pinnate leaves – the perfect foil for its clusters of fragrant white flowers from June to August. It’s a versatile, deciduous climber, which tolerates shade but does best in full sun.
A large, vigorous evergreen climber with leathery, dark glossy green trifoliate leaves up to 15cm long. Single, fragrant creamy-white flowers 5-6cm across with creamy stamens, in clusters in early to mid-spring.
One of the most challenging areas to choose a climber for is a shaded spot. While the vigour of an Ivy can be popular, some other options include;
Bright, tubular unscented flowers the colour of burnt amber, and flushed red in bud, smother this honeysuckle from May to July. This gorgeous, deciduous climber looks lovely as the backdrop for a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours. One of the most unusual honeysuckles, it flowers best on a south-west wall
Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala subsp petiolaris, is a useful low-maintenance climbing shrub, perfect for a shady or north-facing wall. It’s slow to get going, often making little new growth in the first few years. However, it’s well worth the wait. In midsummer it bears huge, white hydrangea flowers, which can almost completely cover the stems. The craggy stems cling to the walls by adventitious roots.
A final question we hear frequently is which climbers are suitable for a patio? We sell a range of dedicated small growing patio climbers, called Raymond Evison Clematis. They are becoming very popular choice due to being smaller growers. These were covered in our June 2021 plant of the month which you can read here.
We hope if you had a question about climbers is was answered here, if not please feel free to leave your question in the comments section below and we’ll be happy to answer if for you. Alternatively please pop in to our store and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff.
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