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Actinidia arguta 'Ananasnaya' (new)

A Russian form developed under Stalin, but virtually unheard of in the UK. This vigorous climber, closely related to Kiwi fruit, bears large crops of fragrant, tangy, pineapple flavoured, grape-like fruit in autumn. With thin smooth skins there is no need to peel them, unlike kiwi fruit. Very hardy and best in a sunny spot in the UK. Needs a mate like 'Issai' for pollination.

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Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (new)

This vigorous deciduous climber, closely related to Kiwi fruit, bears large crops of fragrant, tangy, pineapple flavoured, grape-like fruit in autumn. With thin smooth green skins there is no need to peel them, unlike kiwi fruit. Very hardy and best in a sunny spot in the UK, this form is self pollinating and needs no mate.

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Actinidia kolomikta 'Dr Szymanowski'

Best known for its striking naturally variegated foliage in pink, white and green, this female clone bears delicious mini 'kiwi' fruit in Aug/Sept, following the sweetly scented creamy flowers in spring. Easy and hardy reaching about 5m with suitable support. Sun or semi-shade.

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Actinidia tetramera var. maloides (A. pilosula of horticulture)

Actinidia tetramera var. maloides (A. pilosula of horticulture)

A lovely, vigorous climber from China, with narrow, taper pointed leaves tipped with a conspicuous, variably sized pure white blotch, as if dipped in paint. Coral-pink saucer shaped flowers in spring. Climbs by twining stems so needs support. Sun or semi-shade and any reasonable soil. Until now, wrongly known as A. pilosula; a different Chinese species.

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Akebia longeracemosa BSWJ 3606

Akebia longeracemosa BSWJ 3606

A collection from N. Taiwan. This makes a vigorous twining climber with semi-evergreen leaves composed of 5 slim leaflets. The scented blackish-maroon flowers are borne in pendulous racemes to 15cm long in spring. Purplish sausage shaped fruits can follow in autumn. A very hardy species surviving unscathed here at -14c. Sun or semi-shade.

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Akebia quinata 'Amethyst'

A fast growing, semi-evergreen, twining climber for sun or semi-shade. Pale amethyst-purple, sweetly scented flowers in early summer, sometimes followed by big, lilac-purple, sausage shaped fruit in autumn if pollinated by another clone. The attractive compound palmate leaves are divided into five leaflets. Vigorous hardy and easy.

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Apios americana

The 'potato bean' is a hardy herbaceous climber from eastern N America with attractive pinnate leaves and clusters of sweet pea-like, reddish, scented flowers in summer on twining stems to 5m, smaller if kept potted. Edible beans follow and the large tuber beneath is also edible. For sun.

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Asteranthera ovata

Asteranthera ovata

A very lovely gesneriad from the forests of S. Chile where it climbs tree trunks on the edge of forest clearings. In this country it requires humidity and leafy soil to prosper, so is good on a sheltered north wall or tree. Raspberry-red tubular flowers with wide spreading lobes appear from June and through the summer. 3-4m. Not for the very coldest areas.

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Bomarea acutifolia F&M 104

Bomarea acutifolia F&M 104 (new)

This was found at 2600m on Pico de Orizaba, Mexico. A climbing Alstroemeria relative with terminal clusters of narrow, tubular, bright orange flowers with paler, dark spotted interiors on herbaceous twining stems, reaching 2m + high with suitable support. Very showy scarlet seeds. Best in humus rich soil in sun/semi-shade, mulched over for winter.

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Clematis aff. tongluensis (new)

From 2900m in Kachin State, Far NW Burma. A rarely seen Himalayan species of restricted distribution, this relatively small growing species has C. montana-like foliage. Distinctly long stalked white flowers with elegant lanceolate petals and contrasting purple tipped stamen are seen from June to October. Demanding of a cool root run; never too dry.

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Clematis dasyandra PAB

We found this growing near the Loushan Pass, Guizhou, SW China. Pretty little variably pink-purple bells with the sepals recurving at the mouth open in late summer on a vigorous deciduous climber. These are the first commercially available in the UK.

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Clematis fasciculiflora L657

Clematis fasciculiflora L657

Rare, beautiful and distinct, this evergreen climber from China usually has foliage attractively marked with a silvery blotch and bears it's fragrant, bell shaped, white flowers in late winter/early spring. New shoots appear red-purple with bronze-red foliage and eventually reach about 6m with suitable support. I have used it to cover a sunny 2m wall.

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Clematis orientalis from Kyrgyzstan (new)

Rather different to what you know in cultivation as this species, these have very blue-grey, very narrowly dissected foliage from this area and light yellow flowers. Extremely hardy and as easy as ever in sun or part shade.

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Clematis smilacifolia NJM 10.094

A striking looking evergreen Clematis with a range from Nepal to New Guinea, this was found in the Sapa area of N. Vietnam on karstic limestone. Large deltoid-ovate leaves are variably marked with silver-grey above and variably deep claret-purple below. Flowers should be purple and white! Far hardier and more growable than the older clone(s) in cultivation.

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Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty'

A very fine, relatively new species to cultivation with evergreen foliage and dangling, bell shaped, pure-white, thick textured flowers produced in late winter on a strong growing vigorous climber. This requires a sheltered wall and is best not taken to the coldest parts of the North. This goes around under the name C. urophylla 'Winter Beauty'.

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Clematis urophylla - collected Kanding, Sichuan

A very fine, relatively new species to cultivation with evergreen foliage and dangling, bell shaped, pure-white, thick textured flowers produced in late winter on a strong growing vigorous climber. This represents a John Marston collection from China and has more elegant, slightly narrower foliage than 'Winter Beauty' that emerges a good rich red. For a sheltered wall.

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Dactylicapnos platycarpa

A particularly unusual, recently named climbing dicentra. Forming herbaceous climbing stems to perhaps 2 to 3m each year, attaching themselves with tendrils and bearing clusters of bright yellow dicentra flowers in summer. Hardiness unknown, so plant in a protected spot and mulch over in winter. For sun or semi-shade, perhaps happier in the latter.

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Dactylicapnos sp. NJM 12.042

From the hill country of Manipur, NE India. Forming herbaceous climbing stems to perhaps 3m each year, attaching themselves with tendrils and bearing clusters of bright yellow dicentra flowers in summer. Should be pretty hardy plant, but mulch over in winter if worried. For sun or semi-shade.

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Dregea sinensis

Dregea sinensis

A lovely sweet smelling thing for a warm sheltered wall or conservatory in cold areas. Stems clamber up to 3m with suitable support and produce long-stalked umbels of deliciously scented, Hoya like, red spotted, white flowers in summer over pale green leaves, felted beneath.

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Holboellia coriacea

Handsome and vigorous, this twining evergreen climber from the Himalaya bears compound palmate leaves with up to 7 leaflets with distinct stalks, and deliciously fragrant flowers in March, the males being purplish, the females greenish-white. Best on a warm wall where the sausage shaped, fleshy, purple, edible fruit can form if flowers are hand pollinated.

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