The best climbing perennials
In ancient engravings, as well as in modern photographs, you can often see blooming lianas. And this means that such garden decoration was once popular and remains relevant today. These spectacular clinging, leaning, twisting and climbing plants are incredibly plastic and can easily decorate not too beautiful garden buildings, decorate arches, pergolas and trellises with their flowers. Let’s talk today about the best creepers for a wonderful garden.
Popular handsome clematis
It is clematis that is the most popular perennial vine, widely used for vertical gardening. Among the many varieties of this plant, each grower will surely find the one that most fully meets his goals and intentions. Among clematis there are also completely unpretentious species that practically do not need correction and care.
But true connoisseurs of clematis do not take into account their own time, labor costs and the cost of seedlings. After all, it is with the help of this wonderful creeper that you can make your childhood dreams of romantic arbors twined with large and incredibly bright flowers come true.
Clematis come in varying degrees of winter hardiness. All their flowers are beautiful, but very different from each other. And the vines themselves are both clinging and needing to be fixed on supports. Even the pruning methods for different varieties are not the same.
Lianoid ornamental honeysuckle
A close relative of a shrub well-known to summer residents, decorative honeysuckle is represented by several cultural forms, including liana-like ones. Honeysuckle, beloved by many, delights with juicy foliage, elegant and fragrant inflorescences and a parting gift of the season — autumn berries, inedible, but pleasing to the eye.
For vertical gardening with the help of honeysuckle, it is necessary to install a support — a pole. If a chain-link fence falls into her possession, over time it may suffer under the weight of this overgrown flowering vine.
This plant grows faster than its owner can direct its violent activity in the right direction. Grapes quickly master all territories from where they are not driven away. In a season, it can conquer a fence or a building, braid a slope with its five-fingered foliage, or organize a dense canopy that creates a coveted shade. In autumn, its leaves can suddenly burst into a red-green flame: this is how the seasonal change of its color is perceived.
The problem is that girlish grapes, like hops, also grow where they are not needed at all: they try to climb fruit and berry trees, for example. This is a very stuffy, albeit beautiful, neighbor. This is a root-climbing perennial vine that climbs the walls of buildings without needing supports. For the walls themselves, this neighborhood is not very useful.
Among its numerous family there are annual and perennial plants. Ipomoea is even considered poisonous, but the sweet tenderness of this culture is captivating. It’s impossible not to love her. Having launched morning glory in your garden, you will also fall in love with its heart-shaped leaves, large flowers in the form of funnels or gramophones. With its help, you can create a dense green curtain, fenced off from the whole world.
The plant will decorate any garden from June until the first autumn frosts. Ipomoea flowers open early in the morning and try to hide by noon. But not always! On a cloudy day, they remain open all day, compensating for the lack of bright sunlight with their beauty.
Campsis — perennial liana, deciduous
Campsis represents a family that includes not only creepers, but also trees, and even herbs. The large-flowered kampsis is of Chinese origin, and its rooting counterpart is of American origin. An adult liana is able to grow 10-15 meters or turn into a tree-like bush.
The plant is famous for its incredibly beautiful flowers, resembling an elongated bell with a tubular base. Its color can be pink-yellow, raspberry-red or bright orange. A growing liana needs support, which it must be provided with, otherwise it will choose a tree for itself. The powerful root system of the kampsis can harm the foundation of the structure. This fact should also be taken into account when determining a place for its landing.
Chinese lemongrass: red on yellow
Despite its Far Eastern origin, Schisandra chinensis is often chosen to decorate the garden in a variety of areas. Although you have to wait until it grows, but lemongrass will not cause much trouble, because it is distinguished by enviable frost resistance.
The plant deftly climbs up to 4 meters high on a support and forms dense thickets. These perennial creepers attract not with flowers, but with the sunny yellowness of their autumn foliage. The red bunches of berries ripening during this period not only delight with their healing properties, but also deliver aesthetic pleasure to everyone who sees them.
The climbing variety of roses is perfect for vertical gardening. With their help, columns, pergolas, trellises and arches are decorated. For an adult flowering plant with a solid weight, only a reliable support should be selected. Not everywhere roses can endure frosts without shelters. The climbing rose will have to be removed from the support and wrapped up for the winter. A place for this operation must be provided near the landing point.
Climbing roses are divided into ramblers that bloom once on last year’s shoots, and climbers that can bloom again on new shoots of the current season. This fact must also be taken into account.
This subtropical climbing deciduous vine, with a powerful tree-like trunk, is increasingly appearing in our gardens. Thanks to selection work, new varieties of this wonderful plant are able to tolerate frosts down to minus 20 degrees. And this means that we also got a chance to see these wonderful flowing brushes of flowers, exuding a spicy aroma.
Wisteria grows very quickly, braiding supports and all kinds of other structures, reliably hiding all the flaws of the landscape behind a veil of flowers. But this beauty needs more attention. Its owner must have some knowledge or at least a desire to learn, as well as a fair dose of patience. After all, a wonderful flower waterfall may not appear as soon as we would like.