The plants should be grown in pots
Once the research is done, you will be able to match the plants to your needs and make them thrive and adorn your garden. If you live in a region with a harsher climate (north-east and mountain areas), avoid planting delicate species, such as , , , and some of the , unless you can provide them with a sheltered position and an appropriate microclimate. However, the following species will thrive in your garden: , , , (with the exception of ), or . In a milder climate any of the abovementioned species, as well as will do well.
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Different vines have different light requirements. If you look for a plant for a light position that is in direct sunlight for most of the day, you can try
Also when it comes to soil, every plant has its own likes and dislikes. In your garden, you can always enhance the soil (with compost or manure), or influence its acidity and moisture. However, if you want to keep you interference to a minimum, the right choice of a plant becomes important.
, and tolerate well acid soil, but and most of the won't like it at all.
All climbers thrive in fertile soil, as it encourages vigorous leaf and stem growth.
If the site chosen is not well suited to the needs of the plant, it will run a higher risk of becoming vulnerable to diseases. For instance, too dry or too sunny a site will increasesusceptibility to aphids (especially in May), and will make an easy target for spiders. Likewise, of the and need good air circulation, otherwise they may suffer from powdery mildew.
Growth habit is not to be ignored either. Vigorous climbers, such as, , , Clematis , Clematis , , and are all well suited for large gardens, whenever you need to quickly cover large areas. They become more troublesome in a smaller garden, however, as their growth will have to be monitored due to the proximity of other plants. What's more, vigorous vines produce a large and heavy mass of greenery and therefore require sturdy supports. Remember that if you decide to go for a less vigorous species, you'll wait longer for the effect, but the plant will be easier to care for.
Climbing plants use various techniques to cling to the support. This characteristic is vital not only for botanists, but also for garden lovers, as it determines the type of the support we have to use for each plant., its cultivar or are capable of scaling a smooth wall owing to clasps at the end of their tendrils. , , , and can attach themselves to a porous wall or a tree trunk by means of adventitious roots. Twining stems of ( , , , , , , , , and ) can attach the plant even to a support with a large diameter, such as a pole or a post. use twining leaf petioles to climb and this means that their support has to be made of the elements of a small diameter (up to 1 cm), otherwise they will need tying in. In any case, primitive climbing plants with slender stems that don't possess any climbing mechanism, such as roses or perennial Clematis, will always require tying in to a support.
You should prepare the support for your plants in advance, when you are free to dig and walk around the place without the fear of damaging the plant.
When choosing a plant for a particular site, take into account its leaf and flower colours, as well as its flowering period, so that the new plant will match and enhance the beauty of its future neighbours. For instance,will create beautiful compositions with roses and other ornamental shrubs. The plants can be arranged so that the colours will match, or you can choose the plants with different flowering periods to ensure that there will always be some flowers in your garden. The colour of the background should also be taken into account, and a good rule of thumb is that the shades of the flowers and the background should contrast. If you are planning to plant something in front of a white wall, dark-flowered varieties will be the best choice, e.g. Clematis or Clematis . Dark background will contrast well with light-flowered varieties, for instance Clematis .
Choose plants with a large plant label that includes a photo, plant's characteristics and growing tips.
Always buy the plants from a reliable source: either from specialist nurseries or garden centres. The plants should be grown in pots and have well developed roots. Make sure the plant is spread at the base (it has around 2-3 shoots), is well attached to a support (bamboo stick is the best for this purpose) and healthy (look out for damaged leaves or stems). Choose a plant with a large plant label that includes a photo, plant's characteristics and growing tips. It will help you provide the plant with the best growing conditions and achieve the expected results.