July 7, 2017

A wonderful evergreen shrub for a shady sheltered wall.It prefers a slightly acid soil and has survived some very nippy winters here.It can grow to about 6'.

December 30, 2016

CLEMATIS NAPAULENSIS
Clematis napaulensis is a delightful climber and has flowered here happily for the last 12 years. It aesivates in June (sheds it's leaves and goes dormant).It comes into leaf again in the autumn and the fresh new foliage shows off the lovely cream...

December 30, 2016

CLEMATIS CIRRHOSA 'FRECKLES'
No garden should be without some winter flowering climbers and this is one of the best. An evergreen climber, it flowers almost continually (in a good year) from the autumn right through the winter. It even has bursts of seasonal amnesia du...

September 15, 2016


A climbing fuchsia (apparently) against a wall. It has reached 7' on a shady wall and has flowered for months.

Hopefully with the heat of the wall behind it, it will not be cut back to the ground this winter.

September 10, 2016

JASMINUM BIGNONIACEUM
Evergreen climber or lax shrub for a fairly sheltered wall. It has slightly scented yellow flowers almost 12 moths of the year.
It never makes a staggering impact - but is never out of flower.

September 7, 2016


A curious and beautiful climber with scented flowers in late summer. It likes to grow on a warm sunny wall and will not survive a cold winter- but it was undeterred by -9 degrees C  a few years ago.

August 12, 2016


Itea ilicifolia is a ‘lax grower’ rather than a pure climber. It doesn’t ask for a prime South or West wall to lean against but lolls, happily, against a shady wall that has plenty of light. If you secure it occasionally to supporting wires it will quietly impress you...

July 20, 2016

I tend to lose this plant in a very cold winter but it is worth replacing as it grows at a terrific rate. It is evergreen and the flowers are sweetly scented

July 18, 2016


This easy summer flowering climber seems to have a mistaken reputation for tenderness. It is at its best on a sunny wall and can be cut hard back during the winter. It begins to flower in late June or early July, producing panicles of white flowers with a hint of pink...

August 28, 2015


This superb herbaceous climber was brought back from Mexico by John D'Arcy,  James Compton and Martyn Rix and seems hardy here. The exotic white trumpets are 3-4" long and produced in great profusion in late summer. A stunning sight for a hot dry spot, it can reach 20...

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