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Schisandra chinensis (new)
Five Flavour Fruit. A strong growing hardy deciduous climber grown for the pendulous spikes of fragrant white to pale-pink flowers in late spring and the following strings of scarlet fruit. A very important herb in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and also Western herbal medicine, the fruit are also produced commercially for use in teas, juices, wines and sweets.
Schisandra grandiflora from Bhutan (new)
A hardy deciduous Himalayan species forming a strong growing climber to about 6m if allowed, though can be kept much smaller with ease. The highly fragrant cream flowers are borne on drooping stalks from the leaf axils in spring/early summer and, on female plants, are followed by strings of vivid red fruit. Foliage is fairly leathery with conspicuous venation.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight'
A naturally occurring geographical variant of the species with very effective silvery-green leaves, turning yellow in autumn. A fine, self clinging climber with large flattened, lacecap heads of creamy-white flowers, with large teardrop shaped bracts around the edges, borne in July. Slow to start but can reach 12m on a suitable wall, flowering best in sun.
A truly aristocratic beauty with fine, slender pointed foliage. This species is larger in all it's parts than S. hydrangeoides, with creamy-white lacecap flowers reaching up to 30cm across, and with the surrounding teardrop bracts up to 9cm long. Can be grown in sun or shade, but will flower best in sun, where it can reach 12m or more. Very nice.
A Holboellia relative from China, though deciduous, with foliage composed of three leaflets, glaucous beneath. Forming a vigorous, hardy, twining climber for any reasonable support and mainly grown for the large drooping elongated clusters of lavender-purple, grape-like fruits in autumn as the leaves turn pale-yellow. You'll need both female and male plants for fruit.
Bluebell Creeper. Loveliest of lovelies, sells on sight, but alas not the hardiest, hailing, as it does, from SW Australia. With mild winters, many are getting away with it I'm told. A conservatory suits it admirably however, where it will produce a succession of beautiful little sky-blue, bell-shaped flowers throughout summer and autumn. Not too rampant, up to 2m or more.
A strong growing evergreen climber from the mountains of Taiwan, with foliage composed of up to 5 leaflets and clusters of richly coloured, deep-purple flowers, shaped like pixie's caps, borne in late spring. Elongated, purple, deliciously edible fruit follow in autumn. The foliage and flowers of this species are daintier than some other species. For a sheltered site.
Stauntonia sp. NJM 10.133 (new)
Found near Fan Si Pan mountain, N. Vietnam at just over 2000m asl, very near the Chinese border, this formed an evergreen climber with compound palmate foliage with up to 8 leaflets. The yellow fruit with deliciously sweet flesh were up to 10cm long. Try this on a sheltered wall, not too cold.
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Waterwheel'
A very narrow leaved form of this evergreen climber, named after that fine, sadly now deceased nursery. Very fragrant white flowers turning cream, 2.5cm across and 'windmill' shaped, borne in July and August on self clinging stems to 7m high, though not particularly fast growing. Warm sunny wall, or conservatory in very cold areas.
Tripterygium wilfordii NJM 11.029
A recent collection from Leigongshan, Guizhou, China, of this unusual scandent, climbing, deciduous shrub. Reaching up to 6m if allowed, this has foliage green above and glaucous beneath and bears elongated rusty tomentose panicles of greenish-white flowers in autumn, followed by attractive 3 winged capsules. Hardy and easy in sun or semi-shade.
Well known and much admired, this is the Flame flower that covers so many yew hedges in northern English and Scottish gardens. An herbaceous perennial climber reaching up to 3-4m in one season and bearing a multitude of scarlet flowers over pretty bright green foliage in summer. Bright blue berries follow. The roots need to be cool and just moist.
An early flowering form producing its 20cm long, 'bunch of grapes' like clusters of highly scented violet pea-flowers on the bare wood in spring. Best trained on a sunny wall and pruned hard in winter to from a rigid framework, and again lightly in summer to encourage strong flowering. Any reasonable, well drained soil. Grafted plant = early flowering.
Wisteria brachybotrys 'Murasaki-kapitan'
A vigorous climber bearing short-ish racemes of strongly fragrant, comparatively large violet-blue flowers, the largest in the genus. Foliage and shoots covered in silky hairs, especially when young, when they are conspicuous. Best in a sunny position in well drained soil, and trained to form a strong framework of flowering spurs.
Wisteria brachybotrys 'Okayama'
A Japanese selection with deep mauve buds that open soft pinkish-mauve and are particularly strongly fragrant. A vigorous climber bearing short-ish racemes of large individual flowers; the largest in the genus. Foliage and shoots conspicuously silky hairy, especially when young. Best in a sunny position in well drained soil, and trained to form a strong framework of flowering spurs.
Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro-kapitan'
Previously sold as W. venusta, this is a vigorous climber bearing short-ish racemes of strongly fragrant, very large white flowers, the largest in the genus. Foliage and shoots covered in silky hairs, especially when young when they are conspicuous. Best in a sunny position in well drained soil, and trained to form a strong framework of flowering spurs.
Wisteria brachybotrys 'Showa-beni'
The pinkest Wisteria, this Japanese selection will produce short racemes of very large, fragrant pea-flowers in spring. Foliage silky hairy, especially when young. Strong growing, this is best trained on a sunny wall or other suitable support and pruned hard to form a framework of flowering spurs over time. For a well drained soil, but not particularly fussy.
Wisteria floribunda 'Alba' ('Snow Showers')
An old, slightly later flowering Japanese selection. Racemes of white pea flowers up to 60cm long hang in curtains from a well trained specimen. Very vigorous growth should be trained into a framework of branches on a wall or pergola, and then hard pruned every year to produce good flowering spurs. Either that or send it up a tree and let nature take it's course.
Wisteria floribunda 'Geisha'
A particularly attractive white and blue bicoloured selection of the Japanese wisteria with typical long racemes. Best hard pruned to achieve a good branch framework. Best in a sunny site in most ordinary soils. Grafted plant = early flowering.
Wisteria floribunda 'Multijuga'
A clone of this Japanese species selected for its very long racemes, up to 1m or more, so best suited to pergolas or dangling from bridges etc, though great on walls if well pruned. Fragrant flowers are lilac, tinged blue-purple. Best hard pruned to achieve a good branch framework. Best in a sunny site in most ordinary soils. Grafted plant = early flowering.
Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea'
A form of the Japanese Wisteria with long, tapered racemes of pale-pink, scented flowers as the leaves expand in May. Like any Wisteria, should be lightly pruned in summer and hard pruned in winter to 3 buds, forming over time a framework of flowering branch spurs. Suitable for covering arches, walls, bridges, pergolas or even full sized trees if you let it.
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