Vines and Climbers
Welcome to the Vines and Climbers Gallery. My garden currently plays host to four climbing hydrangeas (Hydrangea petiolaris), two Goldflame honeysuckle vines (Lonicera x heckrotti ‘Goldflame’), one Clematis H.F. Young, and one Clematis Jackmanii. Each of these vines is remarkably beautiful, and had originally been planted as either a dormant bareroot or a tiny, dormant 3″ potted baby. But they’re all growing very quickly, and they’re swarming up their climbing structures in effective fashion.
Did you know that climbing hydrangea, honeysuckle, and Clematis vines each use a separate and entirely different method for making their respective climbs? Climbing hydrangeas use aerial roots, honeysuckle vines are twining main stem climbers, and Clematis vines are grasping leaf stem climbers. Some of the photos in this gallery do a pretty good job of illustrating the differences between these vines and their specific climbs. But if you’d like to dig deeper (or climb higher) and learn a bit more about these very different vines and their very different styles of ascent, I suggest having a read of my article, “How Do Climbing Vines Actually Climb?” And if Clematis vines are your thing, and you want to really give your plants a leg up on tricky climbs, please check out my article, “How to Train Clematis Vines to Climb: An Easy Hack.”
I’ll be adding more photos right here to the Vines and Climbers Gallery on a continuing basis, so make sure to check back in for new shots. In the meantime, please enjoy these pics. Cheers, and Happy Gardening!
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