Fallopia Baldshuanica – (Mile-a-Minute)
Flowering Time: July – September
Height: to 12m
This deciduous, vigorous climber is notorious for its prolific growth, hence
its nickname Mile-a Minute and is ideal for covering something quickly. It
produces white or pale pink flowers in panicles 25-46cm long during the
summer, tolerating most soils and aspects.
Pruning: Not necessary, but can be cut back in early spring to keep to the
desired shape and size.
Sinensis (Chinese Wisteria)
Flowering Time: May – June Height: 5
Large panicles of lilac flowers are borne on this popular deciduous climber
before the new leaves appear. The flowers are slightly scented and very
attractive to insects. They sometimes flower again in the late summer.
Wisteria is tolerant of most soil conditions and most aspects, although it
grows best in full sun. They are a fast growing climber suitable for
training against walls and fences, over pergolas and buildings and through
Pruning: Prune in February all shoots from the previous year to within two
or three buds.
Flowering Time: Spring – Autumn
Height: To 3m
self-clinging, evergreen climber ideal for growing on sheltered walls and
fences preferably in semi-shade. It produces nodding clusters of 4-9 bell
shaped sky blue flowers. Requires moist soil conditions.
Pruning: Not necessary, but can be cut back to the desired shape and size.
Flowering time: Summer and Autumn Height: 2–3m
interesting deciduous wall shrub needs a sheltered, sunny or partially
shaded site with well-drained soil. It is also ideal for growing in
conservatories and patio pots. It produces large pendant, bell-shaped,
orange-yellow and red flowers in summer and autumn.
Pruning: Young plants may need tip pruning during the growing season to
promote bushy growth. Mature plants can be cut hard back hard m the
previous years growth in the early spring.
Few other climbing
plants can equal this fast growing deciduous climber for autumn colour.
Virginia Creeper produces insignificant flowers but is known for its
foliage. Five leaflets form a hand shape up to 10cm long and 15cm wide –
these are dark green in the spring and summer turning to multishades of
reds, yellows and browns in the autumn. It is ideal for covering large
walls, fences and hedges, will ramble through large shrubs and can be used
as ground cover. Likes full sun to light shade.
Pruning – prune in summer to keep plant to the desired size.
PARTHENOCISSUS P. Tricuspidata
An attractive self-clinging
deciduous climber known for its autumn colour. Boston Ivy produces
insignificant flowers but produces glossy three lobed leaves – mid to dark
green in spring and summer turning to multishades of reds and browns in
autumn. It is ideal for covering large walls and fences. Likes full sun to
Pruning – prune in summer to keep
plant to the desired size.
This attractive fruiting shrub is
most often seen against walls and fences but can be used as a freestanding
shrub or even a hedging plant. It produces small white flowers from June
onwards and clusters of round fruits, yellow orange or red depending on
variety, in the autumn and through into the winter.
Pruning – not necessary but trim
away growth in October for improved view of the berries. Prune harder in
late winter / early spring to desired shape and size.