There are many climbing plants that you can grow in the garden to give it a new and refreshing look. Most any climbing plant looks great when they are growing against a wall. Particularly if your garden is decorated with mellowed brick or stone wall. While some of these plants will thrive, sometimes the foot of a wall can be an inhospitable environment. Which means it’s best to avoid any type of plant that cannot tolerate drought, heat or strong sunlight.
Best Soil For Climbers
Walls tend to deflect rain which cause any soil on its foot to be poor and dry. Moreover, foundations and buried rubble would usually soak up any trace of available moisture in the area. Some plants such as those that are true blue drought-tolerant can be grown using well-rotted compost that was added to beef up an existing soil. However, you may need a good quality topsoil mixed with well-rotted organic material if you’re planning to grow sun-loving climbers, wall shrubs and fruit-bearing plants. If this is the case, first dig out all the soil including the rubble until you’ve reached a depth of up to 18 inches. Next, replace the soil with an even mix of good-quality topsoil and well-rotted organic matter. Make sure that the bed measures up to 2 feet wide and stretches up to the full length of the wall section that is covered.
Best Climbers For Your Garden
There are at least 4 types of climbers that you can choose to add in your garden.
1. Woody – This includes Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Elegans, purple grape vine, jasminum, trachelospermum, and trumpet vine.
2. Warmth-loving – This includes certain rose varieties such as Rosa banksiae cultivars, Rosa Madame Gregoire Stachelin, Rosa Mermaid and the bush rose Madame Isaac Pereire.
You can also grow warmth-loving fruits that include grapes, figs, kiwis (plant male and female to ensure pollination), apricots, nectarines, peaches and pears (choose gourmet varieties such as Doyenne du Comice and Williams’ Bon Chretien.”
3. Drought-loving – Popular drought-loving perennials include tulip, crocus, sedum, osteospermum, bearded iris, and hardy hippeastrum and nerine.
4. Sun-loving – Sun-loving and bedding plants include pelargonium and argyranthemum.
Best Type Of Support Used By Climbers
Understanding the way a climbing plant climbs can help you choose the best support you can use for your climbers. Here are some ways that climbing plants support their climbing,
1. Clinging stem roots – These plants can cling to almost any type of surface using their short and stout roots. Irish ivy, euonymus and English ivy belong to this category.
2. Adhesive pads – Plants such as the Virginia creeper and Boston ivy can stick to almost any surface using their stem tendrils with touch-sensitive adhesive pads.
3. Scramblers – These plants (rambling roses and bougainvillea, for example) may need to be tied with wire or sturdy string to help them climb up a trellis, pergola or arbor.
4. Twiners – These plants have twining stems that can twist around anything they touch, whether it is a branch, a pole, a chair leg or wire. There are also plants that have twining leaves which are used as tendrils. Provide a support that is thin enough for the leaf stem for curling around.
5. Tendrils – Plants with tendrils need support such as horizontal handholds, netting, brushy branches, and a thin string or wire.
Posted by Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com Team.