The bright, cheery colours of Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata, formerly known as Mina lobata) and Canary creeper, Tropaeolum peregrinum, combine to make a stunning summer pot display.
Canary creeper is an easy-to-grow relative of nasturtium. You might have to trim its fig-like leaves to let the Spanish flag flowers truly shine. Set off these two annual climbers to perfection by planting delicate but colourful bedding plants around the base of the display.
Don’t be tempted to plant out tender young seedlings, which are vulnerable to slugs and late frosts. Wait until plants are hardened off and a good 30cm high before potting up in large containers somewhere sheltered and sunny.
How to grow annual climbers from seed
You will need
- Spanish flag, Ipomoea lobata x1
- Canary creeper, Tropaeolum peregrinum x1
Bidens ferulifolia ‘Golden Eye’ x3
Lysimachia punctata ‘Gaulthier Brousse’
- 44cm square tub
- 1.2m willow wig-wam
- John Innes No.3 compost
- Multi-purpose compost