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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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Ali Baba AGM Climbing Rose

Ali Baba AGM Climbing Rose

Award-winning Ali Baba has flowers of a unique blend of peach, salmon and red with a fruit..

£10.99

Aloha Climbing Rose

Aloha Climbing Rose

A sumptuous award-winning climbing rose with a great fragrance and glossy healthy foliage...

£10.99

Arthur Bell Climbing Rose

Arthur Bell Climbing Rose

A very fragrant golden-yellow climber that will grow in sun and also in dappled shade and ..

£10.99

Clematis Montana Marjorie

Clematis Montana Marjorie

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

£9.99

Golden Showers Climbing Rose

Golden Showers Climbing Rose

An easily managed climber with large golden yellow blooms and a sweet fragrance, ideal for..

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Jasmine Fiona Sunrise

Jasmine Fiona Sunrise

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

£9.99

Leaping Salmon Climbing Rose

Leaping Salmon Climbing Rose

A most attractive climber with fragrant salmon-pink blooms all summer and an upright natur..

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Maigold Climbing Rose

Maigold Climbing Rose

Maigold produces clusters of semi-double scented bronze yellow and highly scented flowers ..

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Masquerade Climbing Rose

Masquerade Climbing Rose

An unusual rose that carries blooms of 3 different colours at the same time and makes a st..

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Perpetually Yours Climbing Rose

Perpetually Yours Climbing Rose

A vigorous and quick to grow rose with beautiful clusters of fragrant blooms.Position ..

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Red New Dawn climbing rose

Red New Dawn climbing rose

A crimson red version of the popular pink blushed New Dawn.Position - Full sunSoil&nb..

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Summertime Patio Climbing Rose

Summertime Patio Climbing Rose

An award-winning smaller climber with many-petalled lemony yellow blooms all summer. Fragr..

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Warm Welcome Patio Climbing Rose

Warm Welcome Patio Climbing Rose

An award winning miniature climber that has masses of semi-double orange flowers until the..

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Zéphirine Drouhin Climbing Rose

Zéphirine Drouhin Climbing Rose

A famous old rose, very fragrant, repeat flowering with masses of deep pink, cup-shaped fl..

£10.99

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..

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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..

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Clematis Early Sensation

Clematis Early Sensation

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

£11.99

Clematis Lasustern

Clematis Lasustern

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

£9.99

Clematis Montana Grandiflora

Clematis Montana Grandiflora

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

£9.99

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