Posted: 30/12/2011 at 11:16
I agree, Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) is one of the loveliest things in the winter garden. I would like to recommend annual / tender climbers to you. They will die in the winter so there is no danger of them covering your wintersweet when you want to enjoy the flowers. Because they only have one season of growth, they find it hard to dominate other plants. There is always a risk with climbers that they might smother the rest of the garden! Some lovely annual / tender climbers to consider are:
Ipomoea tricolor (morning glory)
Ipomoea lobata (Spanish flag)
Eccrenocarpus scaber (chilean glory flower)
Cobaea scandens (cup and saucer plant)
Thunbergia alata (black-eyed susan)
Seeds of these are readily available. Let us know how your wintersweet does this year.