Vines and Other Climbing Plants



Most people don’t realise that the Wisteria is actually a Legume. That is to say that the roots have Nitrogen “Fixing,” nodules just like the rest of the Bean and Pea family. After the spectacular racemes of flowers that can be up to 3 feet long have finished, the family trait is revealed with the production of long, hanging bean like, seedpods.

Purple is the colour of Wisteria that is usually seen, but there is also a less common white variety. Both are highly scented with very showy, large, racemes of flowers that are often featured as the centre point on pictures of a traditional, old-fashioned English Cottage and Garden. Wisteria is always thought of as a plant to grow round front doors and up the front walls of houses. However, they look equally good on arches and covering walkways because their flowers hang downwards.

Wisteria are deciduous and slow growing, woody climbers that will happily reach up to 30 ft and more, but they don’t produce tendrils and instead the stems entwine themselves through any supporting framework. They are not too fussy about whether they are grown in bright sun, or not, nor are they fussy about the type of soil they are grown in. Although they seed very easily, because they are so woody and slow growing, they take many years to reach maturity and flower from seed. 

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