Climbing plants are a good investment for adding more comfort to your garden or any other outdoor space. They can be used as a natural fence to protect you from the curious eyes of a passers-by or neighbors. Climbing plants provide you with wonderful design solution. Everyone can create a small part of heaven using different scents, colors and forms of plants.
There is a great variety of climbing plants on the market nowadays. You can select those that are able to grow only in patio containersor you may prefer some of the plants that are able to climb over fences, walls, pergolas, trellis, etc. Climbing plants are also able to grow over other plants such as coniferous trees or bushes.
They can grow in both areas of your garden: full of sun and full of shade. The main kindsof climbing plants based on theirmain practical purposes.We offer to divide theplants into 3main groups: climbing plants that grow quickly and can colonize large areas; summercreepers; wallcovering plants. The first group presentsClematis Montana, Virginia creeper,Honeysuckle,Russian Vine, and Akebia Quinata. The second group includesSweet Peas, Nasturtiums,Black-eyed Susan, Morning glory, etc. The third group has 4 subgroups:
- covering plants for north walls: Clematis hybrids, winter Jasmine, Ivy;
- covering plants for south walls: Honeysuckle, Nasturtium, Morning Glory, Passion Flower;
- covering plants for east walls: Hydrangea, various kinds of roses;
- covering plants for west walls: Clematis Montana, Wisteria.
Planting Climbing Plants
Proper planting begins with good solid that should contain a sufficient amount of humus. Humus is important for water retention. It keeps soil from quick drying. Humuscan help a gardener to improve any kind of solid for better planting and growingof the climbers.
A gardener should take into consideration important characteristics of the plants and soil.Some main rules should be in mind to avoidmistakes. Never plant climbers (especially evergreens) on the corner itself, keep the distance of 2-3 ft. The climber shouldn’t be put closer than 6 inches to the wall and not farther than 12 inches. For wall shrubs, the distance between their roots and the wall should not exceed 3 ft.
Never plant them near drainpipes or any other kind of drain. Never plant anything near invasive plants such as the Russian vine, ivy, or similar types. Don’t forget about facing aspect; some plants can be grown in northern areas, some in southern areas.
Your climber needs a large hole; it should be planted in a hole 24”x24” or more. The depth of a hole should be also more than 24 inches. Make some kind of drainage. For this purpose, you can use small stones and bits of a flower-pot. Mix the soil around the vine with some kind of humus for better growing. During the first week of growing, shrubs need a great amount of water. It is also very useful to spraytheir leaves. Never forget about your climber. The wind can damage it. You can protect your climber tying its tiny twigs up.
Care for Climbing Plants
1. The accurate amount of water is essential. The soil around growing climber should be moist. Both cases, when the vine hastoo muchortoo littlewater, are equally bad. In the first case, the roots can soon rot off. In the second, the vine withers quickly.
2. Keep your climbers under control. The best solution is to prune them. Most climbers are very aggressive. They colonize the territory around and are able to kill trees and bushes around them
3. Choose the right kind ofstructuresto support the vine. Growing vertically your vine needs something to cling to or be tied to.