Does the view from your house look out at a grey wall, or a grey drainpipe? With hardy climbing plants, you can transform your miserable wall into a green eye-catcher? Even a small change such as this can have a big impact on your wellbeing and that of your neighbours, so why not start now?
Tuscan jasmine is a beautiful climber with dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers. The plant winds its way around everything, and easily turns your wall into a graceful green work of art. A piece of gauze or trellis provides enough support for the Tuscan jasmine. The plant is less suitable for growing pergolas. In the summer, twist or tie the support-seeking branches into the mesh or trellis.
Ivy, also known as Hedera, easily climbs against walls with its grippy roots. It can climb to 25-30 metres high! This evergreen is easy to manage and requires little maintenance. It doesn't flower as a young plant, but an adult produces yellow-green flowers from which black berries emerge.
Clematis is a popular climbing plant that is easy to maintain and just as easy to wrap itself around your heart. The climber is green in the winter months and produces abundant flowers in frost-free months. There's lots of choice for colourful flowers, from soft pink to lilac, purple and blue! The flowers are available in different shapes, from simple (four petals with a yellow heart) to more striking specimens (different colors with fringes in the middle).
Passionflower, also known as passiflora, immediately gives your wall an exotic look. There are more than 500 varieties of this climbing plant. It's easy to maintain and you can go in all directions in terms of colour, from blue to red, orange, yellow and white. In summer, some varieties also produce decorative fruits.
Pyracantha, also called firethorn, has a striking appearance. The climber has dark green leaves and can grow up to 3 metres high. Pyracantha blooms profusely in May or June and then develops small white flowers. In late summer, the flowers - thanks to the bees - make way for red, orange or yellow berries. It is wise to keep this plant trimmed every year, so that it continues to grow nice and flat against the wall.
Honeysuckle doesn't just look as though it belongs in a fairytale, this climber smells that way too! This lush "plant of love" has beautiful, exotic flowers that have an extra soft and sweet fragrance at night. The flowers are mostly pink and yellow-white, but also come in other shades. After flowering, red, blue or black berries appear. Honeysuckle climbs easily and, depending on the species, can reach a height of up to 4 metres.
Wisteria is a fast-growing climber characterized by romantic and colourful flower garlands. From lilac to blue and from white to pink, there all types and colours which treat you to flowers that can reach 50cm in length. The plant can remain beautiful and continue to bloom for up to 50 years!
Note: Wisteria is a strong plant. The plant needs good, firm guidance, as the branches can grow as thick as an arm! To prevent damage, don't place wisteria against anything delicate or fragile.