Climbing plants

Climbing plants for terraces

There are several climbing plants that can be climbed on your terrace managing to create fresh and colorful corners, even in places where there is little space or only a wall. In fact, just one wall is enough and you can grow a beautiful and ornamental plant even with lots of flowers. Climbing plants are often suitable for creating dividers between the various balconies, putting a trellis on which they can be climbed. One of the typical climbing terrace plants, ornamental and easy to grow, is the plumbago: it is beautiful and gives a flowering that has just the color of the sky. Bougainvillea can also be grown on the terrace: it is a climbing plant capable of resisting even hot and torrid climates: it also offers a delightful cascade of flowers of an attractive fuchsia color or similar colors, which can also be dried in order to create floral compositions. Lonicera honeysuckle, less known, is a climbing plant that is often used to decorate grates and walls: it is a weed plant and just let it be the only one on the terrace in the corner dedicated to it, otherwise it can suffocate other plants .

One of the fastest growing climbing plants is ivy. It is a simple climbing plant to grow: it grows very well both in the shade and in the sun and is evergreen, meaning it lasts all winter and creates a beautiful green wall wherever it is placed. Akebia Quinata also has a fast growth: it is a rather rustic climber with few pretensions. This plant adapts to any location, including shade. It is an evergreen plant both in rather mild climates, but also elsewhere. In very cold areas its aerial part may die but subsequently grows back at the base. It is a vigorous plant, with a typical tropical appearance, as, if it is well cultivated, it appears luxuriant and rather “strange”: its leaves have 5 leaflets, its flowers are curious and smell of vanilla. L’ the only flaw is the fact that it blooms towards the beginning of the spring season, but it depends on the area in which it is located. It is fast in its growth, and, when it settles down, it can become intrusive, especially if it is in the open ground. It can be grown from seed and blooms when the branches are one year old or even more: so in this case you need to be patient.

Garden climbing plants

Garden climbing plants are resistant to thermal excursions since they have mechanisms that allow them to adapt even to extreme conditions, since they cannot be moved easily. It is advisable to bury them in the garden to allow for better development. A garden creeper is clematis, a herbaceous plant that can cover pergolas or walls. It has a thin stem and rather woody texture. The leaves have an intense green color, covered with a dense whitish down. The flowers are showy, of a color that varies between pink, purple, lilac and blue. It needs drained soils and prefers sunny areas to favor flowering. It should be watered regularly, especially in hot periods. Another garden creeper is the passion flower, an evergreen with a height of up to 7 meters. It has green woody stems tending to brown. The leaves are of an intense green color. The large, purple flowers have everted petals with obvious reproductive organs. It requires a soft and drained soil, perhaps enriched with sand and peat, never clayey. It should be watered regularly without creating stagnation.

Climbing plants pot

There are numerous climbing plants that can also be grown in pots. These plants need a soil that is always moist in order to avoid suffering due to prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. It is therefore important to place them on the terrace, so that the roots are able to be in the shade and protected even when the plant is in the sun. It is preferable to use terracotta, wooden or stone pots, materials capable of isolating the plant from thermal changes and protecting it from excessive heat and intense cold. They should be grown in fertile and draining soils, using containers with coarse gravel at the bottom for good drainage. A typical example of an annual pot climbing plant is Lathyrus odoratus, also called Sweet Pea. Its flowers are showy with colors from white to red and from purple to pink. Its characteristic is the intense perfume. It must be watered frequently, especially if exposed to sunlight. Another example of a climbing plant suitable for pots is the honeysuckle, which has very fragrant white flowers, or the bignonia which has rapid growth and a flowering with beautiful colors, orange or red.

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