I have always loved plants that climb — vines with gorgeous blooms that wind around bannisters, roses that climb and gracefully fall over garden arches, a bouganvillea spreading its vibrant flowers across an old stone wall, morning glories that have taken over a shady hillside, the list could go on and on. There is something about their carefree rampant beauty that makes climbing plants a favorite in my book.
The most stunning examples of vines and climbing bushes are usually seen in gardens with actual earth, but containers, as long as they are large enough and tended to can support fairly large plants. It's definately worth a try!
I have tried to incorporate climbing plants into my container garden as a way of covering walls and providing more areas of green than one could with bushes or trees. Watching them grow is truly exciting!
The advantage to planting in containers is that if a plant is not thriving, you can easily change it's location. I have three pots that didn't bloom as well as expected last year, so I moved them to a sunnier location, and now the flowers are coming in droves!
Above Left: Plumbago climbing bush Above Right: Stephanoitis bears very fragrant clusters of white flowers, often used in wedding bouquets.
Now that I've given you glimpse of the climbing plants you'll find in my container garden this year, why not give it a try? Depending on where you live, there are still a good three months of growing season left, and there are so many gorgeous options to choose from. Think about areas around your house or apartment that, with some patience, could really come to life with the addition of some climbing greenery.
Good luck, and if you need any advice on which plants to choose, drop me a line!