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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 cirrhosa Freckles

Clematis cirrhosa Freckles

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

£12.99

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..

£12.99

Clematis Early Sensation

Clematis Early Sensation

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

£14.99

Clematis Ernest Markham

Clematis Ernest Markham

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

£10.99

Clematis Gillian Blades

Clematis Gillian Blades

A large flowered clematis with simple white flowers with a delicate pale mauve edge in May..

£9.99

Clematis Gipsy Queen

Clematis Gipsy Queen

A large flowered clematis with beautiful velvety deep purple flowers in July and September..

£9.99

Clematis Jackmanii

Clematis Jackmanii

A large flowered clematis with rich violet- purple flowers in June and September. Free flo..

£10.99

Clematis Lasustern

Clematis Lasustern

A large flowered clematis with deep lavender-blue flowers with a waved edge in June and Au..

£10.99

Clematis Macropetala

Clematis Macropetala

Small Flowered VarietyUnusual Pale blue nodding flowers with long twisted petals. Blooms i..

£9.99

Clematis Marie Boisselot

Clematis Marie Boisselot

A large flowered clematis with large white blooms that last well in June and August. RHS A..

£10.99

Clematis Montana Broughton Star

Clematis Montana Broughton Star

Pretty double pink flowers in May to June; the young leaves are bronze, maturing to green...

£12.99

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

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

£12.99

Clematis Montana Grandiflora

Clematis Montana Grandiflora

The Clematis 'Montana Grandiflora' is commonly called the white anemone clematis. This pla..

£12.99

Clematis Montana Marjorie

Clematis Montana Marjorie

Pretty pink semi-double flowers in May and June. Blooms develop an attractive green tint i..

£12.99

Clematis Montana Mayleen

Clematis Montana Mayleen

The satin pink flowers of this clematis plant are gently scented. Clematis Montana Mayleen..

£10.99

Clematis Montana Pink Perfection

Clematis Montana Pink Perfection

The abundant pink flowers are scented. Bronze coloured foliage contrasts well with the pin..

£12.99

Clematis Montana Rubens

Clematis Montana Rubens

The hugely popular clematis 'Montana Rubens' has pretty rose pink flowers with a gentle sc..

£10.99

Clematis Montana Warwickshire Rose

Clematis Montana Warwickshire Rose

Deep pink flowers blooms in May and June. The leaves are an attractive bronze colour, cont..

£12.99

Clematis Multi Blue

Clematis Multi Blue

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

£12.99

Clematis Nelly Moser

Clematis Nelly Moser

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

£12.99

Clematis orientalis Bill Mackenzie

Clematis orientalis Bill Mackenzie

Large, yellow bell-shaped flowers in July and September. Attractive seed heads follow the ..

£10.99

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