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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 Perle d'Azure

Clematis Perle d'Azure

Large flowered clematis with beautiful, vibrant blue flowers in June and August. A vigorou..

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Clematis Shikoo

Clematis Shikoo

Attractive rich purple-blue double rosette style flowers bloom in May, June and September...

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Clematis Tangutica

Clematis Tangutica

Clematis Tangutica offers yellow lantern flowers in August and September and attractive, f..

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Clematis Vyvyan Pennell

Clematis Vyvyan Pennell

A large flowered clematis with double flowers in a deep lavender-blue. Blooms in May and A..

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Common jasmine

Common jasmine

Jasminium officinaleThe classic jasmine climber with small, highly scented flowers through..

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Honeysuckle Lonicera henryi

Honeysuckle Lonicera henryi

The Honeysuckle 'Lonicera Henryi' is a delightful evergreen honeysuckle with fragrant yell..

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Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Halliana

Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Halliana

A popular evergreen Japanese honeysuckle plant Halliana is a very vigorous honeysuckle cli..

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Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica var.repens

Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica var.repens

An Evergreen Honeysuckle 'Lonicera japonica var.repens' is a strong growing honeysuckle wi..

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Honeysuckle periclymenum Belgica

Honeysuckle periclymenum Belgica

This deciduous dutch honeysuckle has fragrant red, apricot-cream flowers in May and June, ..

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Honeysuckle periclymenum G.S.Thomas

Honeysuckle periclymenum G.S.Thomas

This deciduous honeysuckle has fragrant pale flowers that age yellow, often followed by re..

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Jasmine Fiona Sunrise

Jasmine Fiona Sunrise

Jasminium officinale 'Fiona Sunrise' A golden leaf variety of jasmine with heavily sc..

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