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.
Blooming continuously through the season, award-winning Rosa 'Warm Welcome' is a miniature climber with profuse sprays of slightly fragrant, semi-double (9 petals), orange flowers with hints of gold at the base of their petals. Borne on red-purple stems, the glowing blooms stand out against the healthy foliage of purple-tinted, dark green leaves. This patio climbing rose is perfect for small gardens
Extremely hardy, award-winning Rosa 'Westerland' is a vigorous shrub of upright habit with small clusters of deliciously scented, cupped, ruffled, double flowers (30 petals) in the most attractive shades of bright copper-orange and apricot. Rich of a strong spicy fragrance, the large and showy blooms, 5 in. across (12 cm), stand out against the shiny foliage of dark green leaves.
A spectacular sight in summer, award-winning Rosa 'Wickwar' is a sprawling bush with large clusters of small, single, creamy-white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with golden-yellow stamens. Produced in abundance once in spring or summer, the flowers (4-8 petals) are borne on long, arching stems
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, 'Wollerton Old Hall' (Ausblanket) combines the elegance and perfume of old roses, with the long flowering season that so many old roses lack. The plump buds, with attractive flashes of red, gradually develop into chalice-shaped, butter yellow blooms (43 petals) which then soften to a softer creamy color with hints of peach.
Noted for its shade and poor soils tolerance, Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin' is a vigorous climbing Bourbon rose with masses of highly fragrant, semi-double, carmine flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), counting up to 30 petals. Born on thornless, purplish stems, the blooms are produced in great quantities and almost continuously from late spring to frost.
A splendid and vigorous climber, award-winning Rosa banksiae 'Lutea' (Lady Banks' Rose) is a large, early flowering, semi-evergreen rambler with a profusion of small, multi-petalled, pale yellow, double flowers, 3/4 in. wide (2 cm), in spring. Held in clusters, the lightly scented blooms are perfectly displayed on the thornless, slender branches.
Extremely vigorous, award-winning Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' is a fast-growing, large rambler rose with huge sprays of highly fragrant, semi-double, creamy-white flowers, adorned with deep yellow stamens. Produced in abundance on long thorny stems bearing pointed, light green leaves, the flowers are followed by crops of decorative, vivid, orange-red hips in the fall
Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides (Mexican Flame Vine) is an attractive evergreen vine with fleshy, arrowhead-shaped leaves and large clusters of brilliant flowers over a long season. Blooming from late spring to fall (all year in mild winter areas), daisy-like, fiery orange-red flowers, adorned with golden centers, appear at the branch tips. Attractive to butterflies and bees, they gradually mature to red and give way to small dandelion-like puffs of seed. Perfect on trellis, cascading over walls or in hanging baskets.
Reliable and fast-growing, Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (Chilean Potato Bush) is a large semi-evergreen climbing shrub which is smothered from summer to fall in large clusters of fragrant, rich purple-blue, starry flowers. Each flower has attractive contrasting, prominent yellow stamens.
Sweetly scented and fast-growing, award-winner Solanum laxum 'Album' (Potato Vine) is a large, semi-evergreen climber with luminous clusters of jasmine-scented, star-shaped, white flowers adorned with tiny, yellow centers. The flowers are produced in great quantities from summer to fall and usually year-round in mild climates.
Noted for its tricolor foliage, Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Snow-N-Summer' (Asiatic Jasmine) is a luminous, medium-sized, evergreen shrub or vine adorned with a lovely variegated foliage. Emerging pink, the evergreen leaves turn clear white, then change to variegated white and emerald green for a beautiful contrast.
Award-winning Trachelospermum asiaticum (Asiatic Jasmine) is a tough, medium-sized, evergreen shrub or vine adorned with glossy, elliptical to oval, dark green leaves, up to 2 in. long (5 cm), on wiry, twining stems. In summer, it produces abundant clusters of sweetly fragrant, creamy flowers, 3/4 in. (2 cm), that age to yellow.
Award-winning Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine) is a vigorous, medium-sized, evergreen shrub or vine adorned with glossy, oval, dark green leaves, up to 3 in. long (8 cm), on wiry, twining stems. In late spring and sporadically thereafter, it produces abundant clusters of sweetly fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers, 1 in. (2.5 cm), that become cream with age.
Widely grown in France, Vitis vinifera 'Pinot Meunier' is used to produce champagne, sparkling wines and rose wines. It resembles Pinot noir and is noted for its rich purple-black fruits and distinctive white downy leaves. It is among the most winter hardy of the red Pinot wines.
Heavenly scented, award-winning Wisteria 'Burford' (Japanese Wisteria) is a deciduous climber with a long season of interest. In late spring or early summer, it produces masses of very long, drooping clusters, up to 16 in. long (40 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lilac-blue and deep purple with a yellow spot in the throat.