TIPS FOR PLANTING VERTICALLY
• Pergolas (where climbers, mostly roses are growing over a path), or archways can be also turned into vertical gardens.
• You can also use obelisks to run climbing plants like clematis on them.
• Most climbers have characters that fits best with romantic, old-fashioned gardens and with pastel colour schemes.
• Walls with honeysuckles and roses are a great backdrop to a cottage-style garden. They also have a lovely fragrance, so position them near windows or walking paths or garden seats.• Some climbers look magnificent growing on houses, like Clematis Montana on a country cottage or wisteria with a Gregorian style of architecture.
• Growing several climbers together can create a longer season of flower colour. Try growing an early honeysuckle with a late-flowering clematis. Also if one of the climbers has bare stems, the other climber can cover them up.
• Another use of climbers is to grow them as nature intended, using other plants for support. Roses growing over apple trees in old cottage gardens are typical examples of this.
• Creating a vertical garden is a good way to hide eyesores. With a screen planted with climbers you can turn eyesores like a garage, bins, or the neighbour’s extensions into a beautiful surface. Evergreens are better as they cover the surface all year round, or you can also combine different climbers for a more dramatic and longer-lasting effect.
The limit is literally the sky when you think about how creative you can get with a vertical garden.