Climbing plants are worth their weight in gold, clothing walls and fences, and hiding unsightly views. They also add ornamental interest with pretty foliage and flowers, many of which are scented. Plus, large vertical surfaces allow climbing plants the space they need to spread out, for full dramatic effect.
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A bare fence isn't much use to wildlife - birds can't nest in it, butterflies can't hibernate in it, and bees, caught in a sudden downpour, can't fly use it for shelter. Cover it in climbers, and it's a different story - even a single plant can support a range of wildlife species.
Here are seven climbers that not only look good but are great for wildlife, too.
Clematis tangutica 'Bill MacKenzie'
Clematis tangutica 'Bill MacKenzie' has nodding yellow flowers in summer and wispy seedheads in autumn. It provides shelter for insects and birds and nectar and pollen for bees.
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