10 climbers to grow

Climbers can transform a garden, covering bare walls or fences, adding height to planting schemes and providing a sense of enclosure. Many have spectacular, sweetly scented flowers as well as attractive foliage.

Browse our choice of 10 beautiful climbers from the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, below.

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Clematis ‘Maria Sklodowska Curie’

New for 2014. Named in honour of Marie Curie, this early, large-flowered deciduous climber produces stunning double and semi-double white flowers with golden anthers. Grow in a sunny, sheltered and well-drained spot. Flowers May-July. Height 2m.

Clematis ‘Innocent Blush’

New for 2014. Suitable for growing along trellises and other supports, its single and semi-double flowers are light pink, with a deeper pink blush along the edges and central bar of the tepals. Single flowers appear on new shoots in August- September. Height: 2m.

Clematis ‘Viva Polonia’

New for 2014. This free-flowering clematis bears an abundance of red flowers mottled with white that become more white towards the centre. 'Viva Polonia' is frost hardy, and prefers a sunny position. Flowers May-July. Height 2m.

Clematis 'Edda'

New for 2014. Each flower has six to eight sepals, with an almost semi-double appearance. The central sepals are usually shorter and paler in colour, the outer sepals purple. The plant is repeat flowering from late spring until early September. Height: 1.2m.

Clematis 'Sally'

New for 2014. This multi-flowering clematis has six to seven pointed deep pink sepals, each with a deeper pink central bar. The mass of flowers appears from late spring until late autumn. A very good repeat-flowering plant. Height: 1.5m.

Rosa 'The Lady of the Lake (Ausherbert)'

New for 2014. This plant bears long and flexible stems, bearing sprays of pretty, semi-double flowers of a delicate blush pink colour. It flowers regularly throughout the summer. Grows to a considerable height of 3.5m or more.

Passiflora ‘Constance Elliot’

Passiflora ‘Constance Elliot’ comprises large, scented, ivory-white flowers from May to November, followed by edible orange fruit. It will grow quite happily in semi-shade, and can be grown outdoors or in a cold conservatory. Hardy. Grows up to 2.75m.

Thunbergia alata ‘Orange and Red’

This is a vigorous performer with large flowers and a dense foliage. It has orange blooms with flashes of 
burnt orange/red through the petals, with a black eye.
 Flowers May-October. When pot grown it can reach 1.5m.

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Trachelospermum asiaticum is a vigorous twining climber with small green leathery 
foliage that turns a rusty red colour during the winter. Flowers April - early August. Will perform well in sun or semi shade. Very hardy. Grows up to 3m.

Bougainvillea 'Vera'

This is a tender, compact, upright, evergreen shrub with thornless stems with stunning colour. It’s best grown in pots so it can be brought indoors for winter. It can be put outside after frost, usually at the end of May. Flowers May - August. Grows 1.2m.


Thank you to the following for their assistance in creating this feature:

David Austin Roses

Raymond Evison

Thorncroft Clematis

Tynings Climbers

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