As the weather has turned bitterly cold, nothing new is coming into flower just now, so I have decided to start looking at the way plants grow and their possible uses in the garden. From time to time, I get asked for recommendations for a climber that don’t need support. This may sound like a contradiction […]Read more "How do climbers hang on?"
I planted clematis ‘Kaiu’ five years ago. It has small white bells with a pink tinge on the newly opened flowers. Several websites agreed it would grow to around two metres, perfect for training into the purple-leaved shrub physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo.’ After a couple of years to get established, it took quite a shine to its […]Read more "On and on and on and on"
Actinidia kolomikta is a deciduous woody scrambler/twiner growing 25 to 30 feet. What sets it apart and makes it an attractive garden plant is the foliage, ovate-oblong and six inches long, marked with pink and white variegation once the plant is two to three years old. Discovered in the mid nineteenth century, actinidia kolomikta was soon being […]Read more "Kiwis and cats"
Just when you think the garden has closed down for the winter, up pops a plant that shouts, “Look at me – I’m going to give you a Christmas present.” Clematis cirrhosa var purpurascens ‘Landsowne Gem’ may be a mouthful of a name, but it’s worth remembering next time you go shopping for a climber. C. […]Read more "A Gem for Christmas"
“Feet in the shade, head in the sun” is the usual mantra for clematis, but there a few exceptions. Some have flowers that fade or bleach in full sun; a position in light shade suits them better. C. ‘Nelly Moser’ is one such while another is ‘Guernsey Cream.’ This latter variety grows six to eight […]Read more "Some like it not so hot"