How to bring life back to your home by planting climbing plants

How to bring life back to your home by planting climbing plants

I was planning to write about something completely different in this week’s column, but on my way to my study, out the window I saw a robin with a beak full of food darting toward the climbing hydrangea covering the side of my house. .

He did his best not to spend the day glued to the window, watching this new family nest.

I often think how wonderful it would be if we decided, collectively, to relax our strict boundaries and open our homes to others.

What if terrace houses disappeared behind a green mantle of climbers, cooling our interiors in summer? What if new buildings came equipped with vine eyes for jasmine plants, roses, jasmine and honeysuckle?

Imagine how beautiful it would be to walk down our streets, if they were filled with the sounds of people other than humans going about life.

My climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, is a good choice for the north-facing side. She’s clinging to herself, too. It is in flower now, and its off-white flowers, with a pleasant honey scent, are very attractive to all kinds of pollinators, especially bees.

There is also a pink-flowered form, H. anomala subsp. Glabra “Krug Coral”.

By the end of the season, it begins to turn a buttery yellow, and I often stand and admire its skeletal seed heads against the bright blue of a sunny winter day. I love everything about it (I even had to climb a long ladder to convince it not to grow over the windows) because it brought life back to the dull walls of my house.

There are many options for covering walls. Not all of them will have to take over your home, although many will need some support.

If you want a rose, David Austin Roses allows you to search by the height of your wall.

Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, is suitable for growing and ideal for protected areas in the city. It will do well in a very large pot (think 70 liters plus) and does not mind sun or semi-shade. You will open all your windows as soon as the flowers appear and fill with scent.

If these are somewhat predictable, choose the elegance of Lonicera periclymenum ‘Graham Thomas’, which flowers repeat until September, or ‘Scentsation’, which is more compact and best if you are in a ground floor apartment with no rights to the floor walls. upper.

Finally, I love the scent of the Akebia quinata ‘Alba’ vine. It has pale pink flowers that smell of spicy chocolate with a strong hint of vanilla in spring. It may produce exotic, sausage-shaped, dark purple edible fruits, as well as young shoots.

The wires should grow, on a sunny wall.


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