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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; males purplish, the females greenish-white. For a warm wall where the sausage shaped, fleshy, purple, edible fruit can form.. V. similar to H. coriacea.
Holboellia latifolia from Manipur (new)
Handsome and vigorous, this twining Himalayan evergreen climber bears compound palmate leaves with up to 7 leaflets with distinct stalks. Deliciously fragrant flowers in March; males purplish, the females greenish-white. For a warm wall where the sausage shaped, fleshy, purple, edible fruit can form.. V. similar to H. coriacea. This collection from an obscure area.
Holboellia latifolia var. angustifolia
A fine and distinct form of this twining evergreen climber from the Himalaya with up to seven very narrow leaflets up to 15cm long and 2cm wide. Fragrant bronzy-pink flowers with recurved sepals in March; males greenish-yellow in the throat. For a wall, fence or tree, where the sausage shaped, fleshy, purplish, edible fruit can form if pollinated by another clone.
An evergreen climbing Hydrangea from Mexico with long glossy green leaves and complex heads of white fertile flowers surrounded by sterile florets, like a multi-storey lacecap, borne in summer. The flower buds are enclosed by conspicuous bracts. Climbs by aerial roots like the common climbing Hydrangea, grows well in shade but flowers best in sun.
Kadsura heteroclita (new)
Found in the forests of N. Vietnam, this evergreen climber is closely related to Schisandra and bears similar cream flowers in late summer, followed by splendid and rather striking large rounded/angled red-purple fruit clusters. Lustrous generally elliptic glabrous foliage. Best suited to a warm wall or milder gardens.
Lonicera aff. henryi NJM 11.033
A collection from 2000m elevation on Fanjingshan, Guizhou, China. This will make a vigorous semi-evergreen, but not massive climber for wall or fence with flowers yellow/red, seen in summer.
Lonicera glabrata 'Damchin La' KR 10608 (new)
A superb new climber from Arunachal Pradesh, NE India at approx. 2000m alt., this vigorous evergreen climber has very handsome deep purple new foliage, of ovate form and crucially with a matt finish, turning green later in the season. Spicy-sweet flowers are white turning egg-yolk orange-yellow in summer and are produced terminally and axillary.
Lonicera subaequalis Ogisu 93.329
A striking and very rare honeysuckle species collected in Sichuan, China. A climber with fairly glaucous foliage, the leaf stalks often encircling the stem. Softly fragrant yellow flowers produced in small clusters in summer, backed by and semi-enclosed with a deep hood, creating a striking effect. Perfectly hardy.
Marsdenia oreophila (syn. Cionura)
An unusual and exotic looking evergreen climber bearing clusters of starry, deliciously sweetly scented, creamy flowers over a long period in summer. Reaches about 5m on a sunny wall, in well drained soil. Has survived for years on a house wall in a customers cold Midlands garden and another chap has it up to the rafters in Bristol, even through Dec 2010.
Well known to anyone who frequents Cornish gardens, this fascinating twining climber forms amazing tangled masses of tiny evergreen leaves on wiry stems up to 6m high. Usually only seen in mild areas, this can be grown successfully in a sheltered position over a wide area of the UK. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in a bad winter.
Muehlenbeckia complexa 'Texture Big Leaf'
A larger leaved form of this fascinating twining climber forming the usual amazing tangled masses of rounded evergreen leaves on wiry stems up to 6m high. Usually only seen in mild areas, this can be grown successfully in a sheltered position over a wide area of the UK. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in an exceptionally bad winter.
A highly neglected evergreen climber with handsomely held dark green, glossy, simple foliage setting off the frothy panicles of creamy-white flowers in late summer/autumn. Easy and floriferous, if a little slow growing, on virtually all soils in sun or shade. Can reach 6m on a suitable wall or tree trunk, but is easy to keep much smaller.
'Cooper's Burmese Rose'. A very beautiful large growing, semi-evergreen climber for a south wall, with large, single, pure white, slightly fragrant flowers with golden anthers in June, over wonderful healthy, glossy-green, bold foliage on reddened stems. A very tasteful, 'quality' rose with superb foliage. Bone hardy here, even through December 2010.
Rosa banksiae 'Lutescens'
NOT to be confused with the common double flowered 'Lutea', this is the rarely encountered, single flowered, highly scented yellow Banksian rose. A small leaved evergreen climber with virtually no thorns, reaching up to 7.5m with suitable support. Bunches of small, warm-yellow, sweetly scented flowers are produced in May. For a sunny wall.
Rosa banksiae var. normalis
The true wild type of Banksian rose, forming a strong growing semi-evergreen climber with virtually NO thorns, bearing masses of small cream flowers in early summer over attractive dainty foliage with narrow leaflets. Flowers are borne in clusters, have conspicuously notched petals and are scented of violets. For a warm sheltered wall.
Rosa chinensis var. spontanea
This is the wild ancestor of all Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses, discovered and introduced to cultivation by Mikinori Ogisu, from Sichuan, China. A nearly thornless evergreen climber to about 3m with single flowers opening pink in early summer, but soon turning crimson, with all stages seen on the plant at the same time. A great rarity for a warm wall.
Rosa cymosa 'Rebecca Rushforth'
A superb selection of this rarely seen Chinese climbing rose, covered in a mass of flattened domes of small creamy white flowers with conspicuous yellow stamen in May/June, followed by clusters of small red hips. Foliage is composed of narrow pointed, elegant leaflets and new growth is strikingly deep red. For a sunny wall, not too cold.
A recent re-introduction from China, this was discovered originally by Wilson and named after his wife. A vigorous hardy climbing rose, suitable for putting into trees etc, with creamy-white fragrant flowers borne in large dense corymbs in summer, followed in autumn by drooping bunches of narrowly ovoid orange-red fruit.
Rosa sp. from Meghalaya, NE India (new)
From 2000m on Shillong Peak, NE India, this climbing rose is unflowered as yet here but is less vigorous than R. brunonii that is also evident in the area. Hips are red-orange and flowers will no doubt be white and scented.
Rosa sp. From N. Vietnam (new)
A collection from high altitude in the temperate mountains of N. Vietnam this makes a large evergreen climbing rose with glossy green pinnate foliage and masses of scented white flowers in June, followed by orange hips in autumn. This is probably better suited to a warm wall in most areas, though may be much hardier than assumed.
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