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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 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 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 Hagley Hybrid

Clematis Hagley Hybrid

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

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Clematis Montana Grandiflora

Clematis Montana Grandiflora

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

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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..

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Clematis Jackmanii Superba

Clematis Jackmanii Superba

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

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Clematis Macropetala

Clematis Macropetala

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

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Clematis Markhams Pink

Clematis Markhams Pink

Small Flowered VarietySoft pink form of the macropetala clematis. Blooms in April to May.S..

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Clematis Montana Elizabeth

Clematis Montana Elizabeth

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

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Clematis Montana Marjorie

Clematis Montana Marjorie

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

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Clematis Montana Pink Perfection

Clematis Montana Pink Perfection

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

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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 Tangutica

Clematis Tangutica

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

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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 Vyvyan Pennell

Clematis Vyvyan Pennell

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

£11.99

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 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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