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Climbing Plants

Did you know that average garden sizes are getting smaller? But there is one group of plants that benefits from smaller gardens; climbing plants and creeper plants.

The one thing that all garden designers do when planning small garden schemes is to travel upwards. Boundary fences, building walls, archways, pergolas, arbours, obelisks — they can all feature in small gardens and provide an opportunity for plants "on the vertical".

Climbing plants can frame windows with flowers to fill the house with scent and they can mask a stark boundary wall with colour and fragrance. By using different climbers together or combining them with shrubs, gardeners can compose planting schemes that will offer constantly changing pictures throughout the year; all this while taking up minimal ground space.

For best results choose climbing plants that flower at different times. This will offer the longest display. However, combining plants with flowering seasons that overlap with each other often provides the greater interest. Combining different climbers - roses and clematis is the classic combination - gives a long season of interest. Another classic example of this is to try growing climbers through other plants For example, an old apple tree can become a living support for a climbing rose.

Climbing plants use a variety of methods to cling on and ascend. Some have twining leaf stalks that wind around supports or other plants, others have aerial roots that can burrow into brick and mortar while others still have tendrils, adhesive pads or thorns to haul themselves upwards. Click here for guide on growing climbers by coastal conditions.

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Clematis Multi Blue

Clematis Multi Blue

An attractive  large flowered clematis with navy blue double flowers that bloom throu..

£9.99

Clematis Comtesse de Bouchard

Clematis Comtesse de Bouchard

A large flowered clematis with an abundance of rosy pink flowers in July and August. RHS A..

£9.99

Clematis Dr Ruppel

Clematis Dr Ruppel

A large flowered clematis with showy pink flowers with a vibrant carmine stripe in May and..

£9.99

Clematis Hagley Hybrid

Clematis Hagley Hybrid

A large flowered clematis with abundant satin pink flowers in June and September. A fast g..

£9.99

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Clematis Montana Elizabeth is probably the most popular 'Spring' Clematis variety and offe..

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Clematis Mrs Cholmondeley

Clematis Mrs Cholmondeley

A large flowered clematis with pale lavender blue flowers over a long period all summer. R..

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Clematis Nelly Moser

Clematis Nelly Moser

A  large flowered clematis with soft mauve flowers and a dark pink/red stripe. Flower..

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Clematis Rouge Cardinal

Clematis Rouge Cardinal

A large flowered clematis with deep crimson velvety flowers in June and August. A vigorous..

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Clematis texanensis Princess of Wales

Clematis texanensis Princess of Wales

Vibrant pink tulip shaped flowers in July and September. RHS AGM.Soil: Requires a moisture..

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Clematis The President

Clematis The President

This attractive clematis bears rich purple flowers throughout the summer. RHS Award of Gar..

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Clematis Ville de Lyon

Clematis Ville de Lyon

A large flowered clematis with a  multitude of bright carmine red flowers in June and..

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Clematis viticella Etoile Violette

Clematis viticella Etoile Violette

Velvety deep purple flowers with yellow anthers in July and September. RHS AGM.Soil: Requi..

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Clematis alpina Pamela Jackman

Clematis alpina Pamela Jackman

Pretty, small mid blue bell flowers in April and May. Followed by attractive seed heads la..

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Clematis armandii

Clematis armandii

Evergreen Clematis armandiiLarge dark green glossy leaves and simple white star-shaped flo..

£20.99

Clematis armandii Apple Blossom

Clematis armandii Apple Blossom

Evergreen Clematis Large dark green glossy leaves and pink star-shaped flowers in Mar..

£20.99

Clematis armandii Snowdrift

Clematis armandii Snowdrift

Evergreen ClematisLarge dark green glossy leaves are bronze when young. The simple white f..

£20.99

Clematis Barbara Jackman

Clematis Barbara Jackman

A large flowered clematis with striking blue/mauve flowers with a vivid petunia stripe in ..

£9.99

Clematis cirrhosa Freckles

Clematis cirrhosa Freckles

Evergreen Clematis Evergreen divided glossy green leaves are tinted bronze in the win..

£11.99

Clematis Duchess of Edinburgh

Clematis Duchess of Edinburgh

A large flowered clematis with double rosette white flowers in June and August.Soil:Requir..

£9.99

Clematis Early Sensation

Clematis Early Sensation

Evergreen Clematis This cartmanii clematis produces a mass of white flowers in April ..

£11.99

Clematis Ernest Markham

Clematis Ernest Markham

A large flowered clematis with rich red star-shaped flowers in June and September. RHS Awa..

£9.99

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