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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Fabulous climbers for the garden

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Climbing plants are a superb addition to any garden, whether large or small. Trained over arbours, fences, trellis or through trees they provide height, colour and, in some varieties, a gorgeous fragrance. Most climbers are easy to maintain, and can be pruned when needed. There is a huge choice of different types that will be suitable for your garden.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is a popular evergreen climber with heavily scented starry white flowers that will bloom in late Spring and Summer. The leaves are dark green, turning bronze in the Winter. In its variegated form (Jasmine variegatum) the climber has green and pink-tinged leaves and is not quite so vigorous. Star Jasmine is drought-tolerant, and likes a full or semi-shaded position in well-drained soil. It can be easily propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings.

Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia Alana) is a very attractive slow-growing perennial climber with white, yellow, cream, peach or orange flowers with small, heart-shaped leaves. This climber is a must for wildlife gardens as it attracts butterflies, moths and small birds.

 The Thunbergia likes a well-drained soil, and, in the heat of Summer will benefit from an occasional watering.

Solanum Jasminoides ( Potato vine) is water-wise, and quite hardy, with small clusters of pale blue or white flowers. Plant it in full sun, in free draining soil, and it will flower from Spring until late Autumn. In late Winter it can be pruned hard or just tidied by removing dead leaves and twigs.

Clematis Bractiata (Travellers Joy) is indigenous to South Africa and in a stunning deciduous climber with masses of creamy white fragrant flowers during late Summer and Autumn, followed by attractive seed heads. Plant in sun or semi-shade in any soil, and prune when necessary.

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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