Climbing plants for sale here include clematis, honeysuckle, hydrangea, ivy, jasmine, vines, virginia creeper and wisteria. Climbers are an essential part of the traditional "English landscape garden", clothing walls, scrambling into trees, hiding unsightly features and adding another dimension to any planting scheme. All climbing plants are a haven for wildlife. They provide nesting sites for smaller birds and are attractants for butterflies and bees. And they are great in the smaller garden since climbing plants take up a small amount of ground space relative to their size and impact.
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Choosing Climbers for your Garden
As with property, the first thought with climbing plants should be location, location, location. It is possible to move many climbers if you find they are not right where you planted them originally but, without exception, they will need to be cut back very hard indeed beforehand. At best you will lose years of growth as a result. At worst, they will die in the attempt. So consider ultimate size before anything else. Next remember that thorns too close to paths, doors and windows are usually a bad idea. Only after these do you think about flowering season, colour and scent.
Planting and maintaining Climbing Plants
Climbing plants are planted just like any other with two exceptions. The "just like" bit is that preparation needs to be good a climber enjoys well drained, humus rich soil and an open airy position as much as a young tree. The exceptions have to do with the way climbing plants grow; which tends to be up and over things. So give a thought to how large (and heavy) that little wisteria might be in ten, let alone fifty years time. The support whether man-made or natural needs to be strong enough in the long term. The second "special" rule about climbing plants is that they should be planted far enough away from their support or host so that their roots are not outcompeted. So plant a rose to be grown into a fruit tree where the tree's branches stop, not next to the trunk where it will be dry and deprived of light when young. For the same reason plant at least 45 cms (better 60 cms) away from a wall. Closer and the earth with be poor and dry.
Climbers for North Facing Walls
The thing about gardening is that people always talk about the necessity for 'well-drained soil', 'well rotted manure', 'a sunny spot' without really ever specifying how well, or how sunny and it can induce gloom in a gardener with a shady garden devoid of friable (another of those words), rich s...