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Archives for June 25, 2017

Reach for the sky: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on growing climbers in your garden

Trumpet vine

The incredibly showy Campsis is not for everyone, as it is large and needs a warm, sheltered spot in full sun and well-drained soil to flower well. 

In the right position, though, you should get huge clusters of large, orange-red trumpet flowers in August and September. Campsis is good on a south-facing wall or pergola in southern England, while the most reliable variety for our climate is “Madame Galen”. 

Blue passion flower

A spectacular climber, Passiflora caerulea grows 12-15ft (3½-4 metres) tall and is covered in exotic, pale-blue flowers from June to late September. In autumn, it can bear yellow fruit, but it isn’t worth eating.

This hardy plant is good for walls, trellises or tubs, given a sunny south-facing position, and although the stems may die down in winter, they regrow the following year.

Less hardy evergreen “Constance Elliot” has white, scented blooms and is best grown in tubs and kept in a conservatory in winter. 

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