Plant Types / Climbers
Often grown over arbors, arches or pergolas, vines or climbers create terrific focal points with their decorative flowers, foliage or berries. Adding height to the landscape, they bring interest to dull walls or fences and contribute to magnificent backdrops for your beds and borders. Highly versatile, climbers may be used to provide shade to a sunny patio, soften the lines of the landscape or hide any undesirable garden feature. Climbers may be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. In doing so, make sure that you synchronize their flowering times and match their pruning requirements.
Vigorously spreading, Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine) is a dainty semi-evergreen, twining, woody vine with dangling racemes of small, wine-red flowers with a spicy, chocolate fragrance in spring. The blooms stand out against the bright green foliage of elliptic leaflets which becomes purple flushed in cold weather.
Adding an exotic touch to the garden, Berberidopsis corallina (Coral Plant) is a woody evergreen climber with gracefully arching shoots clothed in large, heart-shaped, dark green leaves. In late summer to early fall, their tips are adorned with pendant clusters of ruby-red flowers, hanging like porcelain drop earrings.
A favorite dwarf Bougainvillea variety, 'Helen Johnson' is an evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of bright pink bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging coppery orange, the bracts mature to bold pink with a hint of purple, giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'Imperial Delight' is a semi-dwarf, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with elegant clusters of white papery bracts suffused with pale pink, surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging white, the bracts mature to a delicate translucent pink giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'James Walker' is a free-flowering, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of large, bold, reddish-magenta, papery bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging orange, the brightly colored bracts then open to a luminous magenta giving it a rich bicolored look.
A vigorous hybrid Trumpet Creeper, award-winning Campsis x agliabuana 'Indian Summer' or 'Kudian' is a self-clinging woody climber with large, trumpet-shaped flowers, 3 in. long (8 cm), flushed salmon-yellow to rich orange-red deep in the throat.
A vigorous hybrid Trumpet Creeper, award-winning Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' is a self-clinging woody climber with particularly showy trumpet-shaped flowers, flushed salmon red to red-orange to rich gold deep in the throat.
A great choice for the garden, Clematis 'Abundance' is a large, deciduous climber which produces masses of small, semi-nodding, light red to cherry pink flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), with a creamy boss of pale white to yellow stamens. Each flower bears 4 to 6 sepals, elegantly recurved at their edges and tips.
Very free-flowering, Clematis 'Alaina' produces masses of plump, pink flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), with pointed to rounded petals. Opening rich rose, the six broad sepals gradually fade to bubblegum pink, but remain adorned by darker midribs. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring or early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Clematis 'Aotearoa' is a very dependable bloomer which produces an abundance of richly colored, open star flowers, 3-5 in. across (8-12 cm) from mid to late summer. The attractive blooms are blessed with 6, rich violet-purple sepals, slightly overlapping, wavy-edged, and elegantly recurved at their tips.
One of the most popular evergreen clematis, award-winning Clematis 'Apple Blossom' is a very large climber with masses of delightful, almond-scented flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), and a splendid foliage. Opening from nearly red buds, the single flowers gradually fade from pale pink to white as they mature.
Elegant, Clematis 'Asagasumi' is a moderately vigorous large-flowered clematis variety with luminous, pearly white flowers, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), adorned with a pale pink bar at the center of their sepals and prominent yellow anthers. The flowers are followed by large, showy silver seedheads, which add further interest to the plant.
One of the earliest large-flowered clematis to bloom, award-winning Clematis 'Asao' produces masses of bold, bright pink flowers, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with white central bars and yellow stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
A compact and very showy large-flowered variety, Clematis 'Bees' Jubilee' produces masses of plump, creamy pink flowers, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), with a cerise central bar and prominent, creamy yellow stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring and early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Regarded as the best Tangutica cultivar, award-winning Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie' is a large, vigorous deciduous climber with masses of small, nodding, lantern-shaped flowers, 2-3 in. across (6-7 cm). Each bloom boasts four slightly glossy, bright yellow tepals which gradually open out wide, revealing a contrasting boss of dark stamens.
Spectacular in bloom, Clematis 'Blue Angel' or 'Błękitny Anioł' produces a profusion of angelic, lavender-blue flowers, 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), adorned with lighter central bars and creamy-yellow stamens. Opening from slender buds, the charming, silky blooms are delicately ruffled on the edges, adding elegance and grace to the display.
One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, Clematis 'Blue Dancer' is a deciduous climber with masses of small, bell-shaped, sapphire blue flowers, adorned with creamy-white centers. The sepals are extraordinarily long, 2 in. in length (5 cm), making the blooms nod gracefully in the wind.