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Climbers & Vines
Climbers and Vines can cloth walls, fences, pergolas, trellises and
frames with some of the most magnificent floral displays. All this
and yet they only take up a few cm's of ground space.
For courtyards and other small spaces, Climbers and Vines really
come into their own. They are not only beautiful to behold but will
often fill the area with fragrances, give you privacy where you
want it and shelter you from the sun and wind.
Some Climbers and Vines are deciduous, some are evergreen,
some require support and some will climb by using their own tendrils
and by twining around objects such as pergola supports and
trellises. Some have aerial roots and adhesive pads which they use
to climb brick and concrete walls, or other plants and trees.
A deciduous climber allowed to cover a pergola will shade you
during the hot summer while dropping its leaves in autumn to
allow the sun's rays to penetrate and warm you during the cold
Evergreen climbers supported on a bare fence can turn an eyesore
into a thing of beauty. Mosts vines and climbers require a sunny
position except in the tropics and hot inland areas where they
would benefit from more dappled sunlight.
The soil should be enriched with organic compost and a similar
mulch should be placed on top of the planting bed. As the mulch
rots down it will add to the plant's food cycle.
Although necessary pruning to maintain the required shape and
spread of your plant can be carried out at any time, generally,
if you prune after its flowering period, you won't miss out on
its beautiful blooms.
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