An alternative to ivy

Ask anyone to name an evergreen climber for a shady wall and odds on the reply will be “ivy.” But there is an alternative – a member of the hydrangea family. Hydrangea seemanii may not be as well know as H. petiolaris, but there are distinct similarities. Firstly, it’s not a plant for the impatient. You […]

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An Uncomplicated Rose

The far end of my garden is green. A green climber against a green fence. In January, a yellow flowered witch hazel stands out against the green background, and in June, pink flowers show up amongst the foliage. When the pink starts to appear, I know it’s summer. The flowers belong to Rosa ‘Complicata.’ It’s an […]

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