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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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Captain Christy

Captain Christy

Light fragrance with soft pink double flowers, with deeper centres, from Jun-Oct.Grow in h..

£12.99

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 ..

£12.99

Dancing Queen Climbing Rose

Dancing Queen Climbing Rose

Lovely double pink flowers, which have a good scent and are repeat flowering from  ..

£12.99

Golden Showers Climbing Rose

Golden Showers Climbing Rose

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

£12.99

Zéphirine Drouhin Climbing Rose

Zéphirine Drouhin Climbing Rose

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

£12.99

Wisteria floribunda alba

Wisteria floribunda alba

white, scented flowers..

£24.99

Wisteria floribunda Rosea

Wisteria floribunda Rosea

Pink scented flowers..

£24.99

Wisteria floribunda Macrobotrys

Wisteria floribunda Macrobotrys

Mauve scented flowers..

£24.99

Wisteria sinensis alba

Wisteria sinensis alba

white, scented flowers..

£24.99

Honeysuckle Lonicera henryi

Honeysuckle Lonicera henryi

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

£12.99

Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Halliana

Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Halliana

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

£12.99

Standard Wisteria Jissai

Standard Wisteria Jissai

This free standing wisteria has blue violet - mauve flowers..

£134.99

Standard Wisteria sinensis alba

Standard Wisteria sinensis alba

This free standing wisteria has white scented flowers..

£134.99

Standard Wisteria Golden King

Standard Wisteria Golden King

This free standing wisteria has blue scented flowers and variegated leaves..

£134.99

Standard Wisteria Macroboytris

Standard Wisteria Macroboytris

This free standing wisteria has pale lilac flowers with darker purple markings...

£134.99

Clematis alpina Francis Rivis

Clematis alpina Francis Rivis

'Francis Rivis' is a medium-sized deciduous climber with narrow, serrate leaflets. Flowers..

£12.99

Clematis alpina Ruby

Clematis alpina Ruby

'Ruby' is a richly-coloured cultivar with deep purple-pink outer sepals and the staminodes..

£12.99

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 ..

£10.99

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