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This webpage contains facts and information about climbers (also known as 'vines' and 'creepers'). We also have many more pages which offer ideas and tips on how to grow your own vegetables, what furniture and accessories there are, different types of design and lots of pictures on gardens! Please read below for information on climbers, or navigate around our website for details on patio garden chairs, tables, seats, benches, covers, umbrellas, lighting, water features and much, much more!
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- Learn about which climbers will grow in your climate
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What are climbers?
Climbers can be described as plants that climb, cling, twine and creep up/along a surface or support. There are many different types of climbers, each with their own unique features and it is worth researching the type that would suit you best before buying and planting it. Climbers can possibly be split into three groups: climbing, clinging and twining vines. Most climbers require some sort of structure to assist them in growing upwards and not along the ground; therefore you will often see climbers planted with a stake, below trellis, fencing, pergolas, etc. However, you will also find certain climbers growing naturally up stone/brick walls, around tree trunks or in between other elevated shrubs and trees.
How are Climbers spread?
Climbing vines will grow upwards with the assistance of a support or structure, but will not stick or attach to a solid brick wall. Clinging climbers on the other hand can attach themselves to walls and they do this with their ‘hold-fasts’, which are sticky tendrils and adhesive roots which grow upwards. Twining climbers (such as Celastrus or Wisteria) bind their stems around wooden fencing, posts or metal. As these climbers can grow to such a large size, they often require robust structures to support their growth. Different climbers grow better in different climates. You will need to consider the soil type, moisture, sunlight and exposure, as well as a structural support. Some examples of climbers have been listed below.
Why plant a climber?
People plant climbers for different reasons. Climbers can be used to add colour to shrubs and hedges (intertwining), for unsightly upright wall cover (brick/masonry/fencing), for screening and privacy, for overhead shade and for protection from the rain. As different climbers grow better in certain environments, it is worth understanding which will do the best job you intend it to do. Some climbers will grow quicker than others, will be more invasive and dense and other climbers are thin, wispy and more for aesthetics than function. Therefore, it is worth understanding the climbers’ attributes prior to planting. Your local garden centre will be able to advise and assist should you have questions on which climbers may be suitable.
Which is the best climber?
As there are so many climbers to choose from it may feel like you’re spoilt for choice, however choosing the best one for your yard/garden may save you future problems. Some climbers are known to damage brick work and wood, as they produce eroding chemicals. Therefore if you plan to grow climbers up the side of your house, you may wish to avoid certain clinging vines. You may need climbers that will grow in lots of sun or lots of shade (or half and half), in warm or cold climates, exposed to strong winds and harsh elements, in clay, sandy or waterlogged soil. If so, ask at your local nursery for advice. Looking around at your neighbours gardens or asking nearby friends and family may also give you a good idea of what will work.
Types of climbers
Some examples of climbers that grow in differing conditions are below. This is by no means a full list, but rather some of the more popular names:
- Full sun all day, good dark and flaky soil, dry in summer and damp in winter
Suitable climbers - (Ivy’s, Roses, Clematis, Wisterias, Abutilons, Creepers and Vines) Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo', Hedera helix, Clematis montana 'Virgin's Bower', Clematis montana 'Rubens', Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', Humulus lupulus 'Aureus', Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa canina, Rosa sherardii, Rosa xanthina, Vitis coignetiae, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Solanum jasminoides, Fallopia baldschuanica, Wisteria floribunda, Eccremocarpus scaber, Abutilon megapotamicum, Abutilon 'Pictum', Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn', Wisteria sinensis.
- Full sun all day, good dark and flaky soil, damp for the majority of the year
Suitable climbers - (Ivy’s, Roses, Jasmin, Clematis, Honey Suckle, Wisterias, Abutilons, Creepers and Vines) Clematis armandii, Campsis radicans, Trumpet creeper, Trumpet vine, Lathyrus odoratus, Jasminum officinalis, Hedera algeriensis, Jasminum nudiflorum, Hedera helix, Clematis montana, Clematis cirrhosa, Solanum crispum, Humulus lupulus, Clematis jacmanii, Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa canina, Rosa pimpinellifolia, Rosa sherardii, Rosa xanthina, Vitis coignetiae, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Solanum jasminoides, Lonicera periclymenum, Fallopia baldschuanica, Wisteria floribunda, Clematis x triternata, Eccremocarpus scaber, Abutilon megapotamicum, Lonicera X italica, Wisteria sinensis, Hedera rhombea, Parthenocissus henryana.
- Full sun all day, sandy or stony soil, damp for the majority of the year
Suitable climbers - (Ivy’s, Roses, Clematis, Jasmin, Creepers and Vines) Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo', Hedera helix, Jasminum officinale, Clematis montana, Solanum crispum, Humulus lupulus, Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa canina, Vitis coignetiae, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Solanum jasminoides, Fallopia baldschuanica, Eccremocarpus scaber, Abutilon megapotamicum, Parthenocissus henryana.
- Sun for half of the day, sandy or stony soil, damp for the majority of the year
Suitable climbers - (Ivy’s, Clematis, Creepers and Vines) Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo', Hedera helix, Jasminum officinale, Clematis montana, Solanum crispum, Humulus lupulus 'Aureus', Vitis coignetiae, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Solanum jasminoides, Fallopia baldschuanica, Hedera rhombea, Parthenocissus henryana.
- Shade for majority of day, sandy or stony soil, damp for the majority of the year
Suitable climbers - (Ivy’s and Jasmin) Hedera algeriensis, Jasminum officinale, Hedera helix, Hedera rhombea.
Thousands of people search to find out about climbers and ideas for their Patio Garden. Plant an array of colours on your very own door step! We hope that you have found this website a useful guide to climbers and other plants and accessories that go well with them. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to plant climbers or simply purchase some products and accessories to hold them up. Both men and women young and old love to create their own patio garden, grow their own plants and have a place to relax and entertain friends. Do your homework before planting climbers and then enjoy years of beauty from them!
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