CLIMBING PLANTS at OpdeHaar gardens 

Wisteria sinenesis
Wisteria sinenesis

On this page there is information about and/or photos of  the climbing plants at OpdeHaar:  campsis, clematis, dactylicapnos (climbing dicentra)hedera, en wisteria. 

There is also a section on Climbing plants as groundcover.

 Under “Miscellaneous: Actinidia kolomikta, Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, Jasminum nudiforum, various Lonicera, Parthenocissus tricupidata, Schisandra chinensis and Tropaeolum speciosum

All photos were taken in our garden.

Click on the photos for a larger image, a slideshow and sometimes extra information.

  Campsis

Clematis

Dactylicapnos macrocapnos (Klim Dicentra)

This lovely hardy perennial Himalayan climber flowers from August until the first frosts when it dies to the ground. It will grow happily in half shade or sun and scrambles 4m along and up a trellis with us but, from experience, it could overwhelm smaller shrubs with it’s dense and vigorous growth. In a harsh winter, protecting the root is advisable. It is fairly easy to find or even grow from seed and there is no shortage of information on the Internet. Taxonomists started to complicate matters for gardeners when they decided not to use the familiar “Dicentra” nomenclature and this is compounded by debates over the actual identity of plants. Thankfully there is an article from Touchwood Plants & Seeds which succinctly reviews the whole thing : http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/dicentra%20article.htm

Hedera

Wisteria

Climbing plants for ground cover

Implicit in the general name “Climbing plant ” is an ability in the plant to make its way upwards by means of some sort of mechanism or other. That said, it is instructive to pose the question as to what happens if there isn’t anything to climb up into or against and one answer given by, I think, Christopher Lloyd was “What can climb can also crawl” . In other words, a plant with the ability to climb also has the potential to function as a ground-cover plant. An obvious example of this is Ivy. Something like the climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala “Petiolaris “) is a less obvious example and we have used for years in shady spots in our woodland garden . Both these plants produce adhesive roots as they grow and when used as groundcover don’t form unsightly tangles when your back is turned. Climbers which rely on twining or tendril mechanisms to support themselves such as Lonicera or Clematis do need watching to avoid this and reference to the Internet gives more information eg https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/ground-cover and https://www.clematis.com.pl/en/vines-in-garden/climbers/392-ground-covers/.

Miscellaneous  climbing plants

Under “Miscellaneous” : Actinidia kolomikta, Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, Jasminum nudiforum, various Lonicera, Parthenocissus tricupidata, Schisandra chinensis and Tropaeolum speciosum

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