We wanted to add some colour to the fence behind the trees but not to over crowd them. I thought that some climbers would be perfect, they would add interest and attract bees and wildlife.
This is what we went for:
Lonicera Japonica Hallina -Late Dutch Honeysuckle,
Trachelospermum Jasminoides - Confederate Jasmin
Clematis Montana Tetrarose
In theory, we should get flowers for a lot of the year, Viburnum (the smaller trees and three shrubs) flower in the winter, Clematis Tetrarose is an early spring flowering clematis, honeysuckle late spring to early summer and Jasmin mid to late summer. Bringing this together with the Elaeagnus Ebbingei, the large Lollipop trees at the back that flower during the summer months.
The Jasmin is an evergreen though the leaves turn a bronze red colour in the winter combined with the honeysuckle which I have done reading up about, some say its evergreen and some say it can lose some of its leaves. We will have to wait and see. However, I can say for certain that the clematis is deciduous and will lose its leaves.
This is how we planned it, we have six fence panels so we have one of each plant on each panel. The theory is they climb in and out of the fence and each other.
|TetraRose, Honeysuckle and Jasmin|
We started off badly, the first honeysuckle was impossible to untangle from the bamboo cane, we thought the job was going to take hours and we were in over our heads. We decided to try another one turns out we had picked the worst one, the next one we managed to plant and untangle and tie against the fence quick and easy.
|Untangling the climbers|
A good water later and the plants were in. It was great to do this job ourselves, though we learnt a few lessons. Do not look up when untangling as the bits fall into your eyes, cut the twine before you need it and do not render your secateurs useless as you have nothing else to cut the bamboo canes with. As you can see we have a lot to learn.
I can not wait to see how they develop and the fantastic smelling flowers.