Advantages of climbers / Guidebook
Climbers do not only serve a decorative function. Some of them bear healthy fruit, while some beguile you with their fragrance and colours.
The most important advantage of climbers are their colourful flowers. They can be large or small and vigorously blooming, with colourful stamens, with unusual shapes. It is just a matter of using your imagination to beautifully decorate your garden.
Yellow is a bright and warm colour, introducing the sun to your garden. In mid May goat-leaf honeysuckle shows yellow, fragrant flowers, followed by Serotina common honeysuckle and Aureoreticulata Japanese honeysuckle. Bill McKenzie tangutica clematis and Lambton Park tangutica clematis produce countless hanging goblets. Judy and Flava trumpet vine grace the entire summer with their yellowish flowers in a trumpet shape.
Red and orange flowers
Red introduces life and energy into the garden and livens it up. Tellman and Brown Dropmore Scarlet honeysuckles delight you with their gold and orange flowers whose smell is intense. You can find fragrant, carmine flowers in Hecrotta Lonicera and Hecrotta American Beauty honeysuckles. Trumpet vines are known for their fabulous orange flowers, Gabor and Flamenco trumpet vines have a more intense red colour. A great number of dark red flowers is characteristic of multiflorous Niobe clematis.
Pale pink or dark pink flowers ensure a fabulous mood. Ville de Lyon clematis has full, bright flowers. Dr. Ruppel clematis blooms vigorously, with amazing pink flowers with a carmine bar. Markham\\\'s Pink and Pink Flamingo clematis start blooming in the beginning of April with half-full flowers. We can find fragrant, pale pink flowers in Serotina common honeysuckle, extraordinary, tiny flowers in Dutchman\\\'s Pipe and beautiful flowers in five-leaf Akebia.
Innocent white colour neutralizes sharp contrasts.
White, profusely flowering panicles are characteristic of Rdest Aubert. John Paul II clematis is a Polish variety with large flowers. Purple Chinese alba wisteria (Wisteria) deserves special attention. Climbing hydrangea, Mirranda climbing hydrangea and Japanese schizophragma have subtle, medium-sized flowers.In May / June blooming Actinidia fascinates us with its tiny white flowers.
A strong colour during the day and invisible at night. Purple Chinese wisteria (Wisteria) has flowers arranged in large panicles. Purple Spider clematis vigorously blooms in April, and after flowering leaves interesting wigs. Jackmanii and The President clematis have full flowers that bloom all summer until mid autumn. Goji berries have tiny but very charming flowers.
Leaves of climbers have not only fascinating variants of green but also changing colours and amazing shapes. Dutchman\\\'s pipe has large (10-30 cm), ornamental leaves.
Evergreen climbers are an attractive decoration. English ivy, Henry honeysuckle and sharpened honeysuckle retain their leaves throughout the year. Semi-evergreen climbers include five-leaf Akebia, Purpurea Japanese honeysuckle that is best known for its winter, burgundy leaves and Japanese honeysuckle, Aureoreticulata, with gold veins on the leaves.
Aureus common hop catches the eye in its vegetation season with its yellow leaves.
Actinidia kolomikta discolours leaves in an amazing way, from the pink bottom, fading to white and ending with green at the top. In autumn parthenocissus leaves become more red, and in the case of parthenocissus murorum – also purple. Staff vine, five flavor berry and honeysuckle are eye-catchers when it comes to the yellow colour.
Fruit from climbers perform a decorative function or are edible. In autumn Actinidia, wines, Goji berries and five flavor berry bear tasty and healthy fruit. Five-leaf akebia very rarely gives large fruit with juicy flesh.
Ampelopsis, with its spherical, colourful but inedible fruit gives us a unique decoration in autumn. At the same time bunches of berries have various shades of green, purple and blue. Spherical, slightly red and orange fruit of Diana staff vine appear in September and continue even on leafless stems. Thicket Creeper has tiny, dark blue, inedible but decorative fruit, and similar but red can be found in honeysuckle.
After blooming beautiful wigs are found in Bill McKenzie clematis, Lambton Park clematis, Purple Spider clematis, Markham\\\'s Pink clematis.
Even more beautiful are climbers which tempt us with their fragrance.
Just walking by the heavily scented flowers makes us enjoy our time with nature. Particularly worth of praise are honeysuckles. Graham Thomas honeysuckle smells intense between May and September, and is ideally suited for buckets and pots. Goat-leaf honeysuckle has an intense vanilla scent. Serotina and Lonicera Hecrotta honeysuckle, as well as Hecrotta American Beauty and Goldflame honeysuckle all have fruity scent. Japanese Lonicera Purpurea honeysuckle and Japanese Aureoreticulata Honeysuckle - intense floral fragrance.
Rdest Aubert has a slightly honey scent. Scented grape vines have the scent of tempting mignonette. Aureus common hop – a sweet scent. Lambton Park Tangutica Clematis gives off a coconut scent. Actinidia kolomikta has fragrant flowers when flowering in May. Akebia attracts you with its spicy, cinnamon smell.
Some climbers astonish us with their growth rate, so that in a year you can create a beautiful garden with minimum expense. Rdest Aubert is the fastest growing climber in Poland. During the growing season it grows by up to 8 m and can reach up to 15 m with beautiful lush leaves and blooming flowers. It grows extensively in a very short time. Rapid annual growth is also characteristic of Actinidia (mini kiwi), its annual growth is 1-3 m, and it reaches up to 8 m. Staff vines gain over 2-3 m per year and grow up to 10 m. They also expand horizontally. Other recommended climbers are: English ivy climbing to a height of several meters, growing quietly around 0.5 per year, Bill McKenzie clematis forming an express wall, Chinese wisteria growing up to 15 m, with plenty of stunning flowers gathered in panicles, requiring robust supports, very expansive, climbing hydrangea - in the shadow climbing up to 15 m, Dutchman\\\'s-pipe reaching 10 m, 1 m per year, trumpet vine climbing with its roots to the height of 6-10 m, Virginia Creeper climbing up to 15-20 m, Thicket Creeper overgrowing the land horizontally, fragrant vines reaching 12-20 m, 2 m per year, expansive vines.