When they go low, we go high! Climbing plants are the best way to make use of your garden’s vertical spaces, bringing all the colour, fragrance and flowers you need to take your garden to the next level. At our nursery in Worcestershire, award winning growers nurture the biggest range of climbers in the UK, including clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle, wisteria and many more. Using organic fertilisers, rainwater and natural pest control to grow your climbers means that you can be sure you’re getting the most sustainable plants as well as the best for your garden. Of course our expert climber obsessives are on hand to help you grow them, too.
What kind of support do climbers need?
Most climbing plants will need some kind of support to climb up, whether that’s a trellis, a pergola or a network of wires. Twining climbers like clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle will curl themselves around a vertical obelisk or trellis, scrambling climbers such as roses will grow through a tree or over wires and tendril climbers will need a horizontal support. Self clinging climbers like ivy and Virginia creeper don’t need any support at all, and will happily attach themselves to a wall, fence or shed. Find out more about the right way to support your climber.
Can I grow a climber in a pot?
Climbers in pots are ideal for your patio, doorstep or pergola. In a sunny spot you can grow all sorts of flowering climbers including clematis, passiflora and roses - be sure to choose a more compact variety suitable for pots, such as Courtyard roses. For more shady spots, a jasmine, honeysuckle or ivy is easy to grow in a pot and can be pruned to fit smaller spaces. Growing in a pot and training your climber on a freestanding trellis or obelisk also means that your plant can come with you when you move! Here’s more potted inspiration from our growers…
Which are the fastest growing climbers?
Need to disguise a rundown shed or reduce neighbour noise? If you need your climber to do its thing ASAP, some of the fastest growing species include ivy, Boston ivy and Russian vine. They’ll cover your wall, fence or structure quickly while also helping to absorb pollution and soften noise from roads and surrounding houses. Virginia Creeper will grow to a height of around 20m if you want it to, and if you don’t, like all of these vigorous climbers, it’s easy to prune. Rundown shed? What rundown shed?
Caring for your climbing plant
Get your climbing plants off to a flying start by following our easy planting guide. Water your climber regularly while it’s getting established, especially if you’re growing it in a pot. Your new plant will appreciate a feed and some support to get it growing in the right direction. Once your climber has had the chance to grow bigger, you’ll want to keep it in shape with a little regular pruning - this is especially important for clematis, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.