The Best Wisteria Varieties
Everybody will be familiar with the glorious abundant flowering of Wisteria - its heady scent is enjoyed and its magnificent late spring blooms are seen scrambling up walls of many a National Trust property - a wonderful sight at Nymans and Sissinghurst to name but two. It is a quintessential part of British gardening, first introduced to the UK the year after the battle of Waterloo, in 1816.
Wisteria is easy to grow and keep in check with simple (and brutal) pruning procedures. There are many hybrid varieties to choose from with purple, blue or white flowers of differing lengths. Grow it on any wall or pergola that can provide enough support for the strong growth - preferably where the scent can be best appreciated on a warm spring day. Whatever support you select will need to be strong and durable: never ever, ever choose a drainpipe, unless you want to teach it a lesson it won't recover from...
Wisteria floribunda varieties twine in a clockwise direction, and W. sinensis and W. brachybotrys wrap around their supports anti-clockwise.
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