When it comes to gardens with a lot empty space that needs to be filled, the ideal solution is a climbing plant. As their name implies, these climber plants grow up walls, fences, and trellises.
You’ll need to keep in mind what kind of surface you'll be planting your climber on, as that affects how well it will grow. Different surfaces can either support or stunt growth.
There are two primary categories of climbing plants: deciduous and evergreen. If you want year-round colour and growth, semi-evergreen or evergreen climber wall shrubs are the way to go. Take a look at Gardeners Dreams' climbing plants for examples and ideas.
As you will have guessed by now, when it comes to choosing climbing plants to buy and plant in your garden, there are things you need to take into consideration before making your final decision.
Here are a few things to consider in order to choose the right climbing plant for your garden.
As mentioned earlier, climbing plants can be classified as either evergreen or deciduous. Evergreen climbers will keep their leaves all year round, while deciduous climbers will lose their leaves during winter. If you live in an area with cold winters, it's best to go with an evergreen climber.
- The amount of sun or shade your garden gets
Different climbing plants thrive in different lighting conditions. For example, ivy does well in shady areas, while morning glories prefer full sun. So always take into consideration how much sun or shade your garden gets before choosing a climbing plant.
- The soil type in your garden
The different climbing plants also have different soil requirements. Some, like wisteria, need well-drained soil, while others, like clematis, prefer clay or loamy soil. Most climbing plants will do well in average garden soil, but it's still something to keep in mind when making your decision.
When it comes to choosing a climber for your garden, you also need to think about the mature size of the plant. Some climbing plants can grow to be quite large, so make sure you choose one that will fit in the space you have available, especially if it is limited.
- The bloom time of the plant
If you want colour in your garden all year round, go with an evergreen climber that produces flowers. If you're not as concerned about year-round colour, a deciduous climber that only blooms during certain seasons will suffice.
- The type of support needed
Some climber plants are self-supporting, while others will need a little help in the form of trellises, wires, or other structures. Consider how much support your chosen plant will need and whether or not you will be able to accommodate this in your space.
- The care and maintenance needed
The various climbing plants available all have different care and maintenance requirements. Some—like jasmine—are very low-maintenance, while others—like roses—require a bit more TLC. Keep in mind how much time and effort you're willing to put into caring for your plant before making a final decision.
With a little research, you can find the perfect plant to suit your home and your needs. By following these tips, you are sure to choose the right climbing plant for your garden.