Wall plants have an important place in our gardens. They can adorn our walls, dress our fences or shade under an arbor. Here are some ideas for choosing them. You can always choose from a variety of living wall plants.

The types of wall plants

All wall plants do not all climb in the same way. Some wind their tendrils between the meshes of a trellis or use their spines to climb a fence. This is the case of cobea, sweet pea, clematis, wall rose and passionflower. There are others that wind their stems around tree trunks, poles, stakes or ramps. Honeysuckle, wisteria, ipomea, black eyed suzanne, hops, jasmine, akebia and actinidia are among them. They are commonly called “twining plants”. Others still cling to a pillar, a wall or any other support with crampons. Among them are ivy, Virginia creeper, bonnone , wall hydrangea and crawling charcoal. If wall hydrangea and ivy prefer rough substrates, Virginia creeper likes a smooth surface.

Understanding the variety of the wall plants and choosing carefully

The choice of the wall plant is done, above all, according to the desired goal. To serve as a ground cover, original decoration, occultation or separation, it is better to turn to persistent foliage such as honeysuckle and jasmine. They provide the decor throughout the year. Other wall flowers such as akebia, bignone and bougainvillea are ideal for original decorations. Perennial types such as ampelaster and ivy require very little maintenance. As for the rustic wall plants, they resist the most extreme temperatures. This is particularly the case with certain varieties of persistent bonnone, white jasmine, aristoloche and ornamental kiwi.

The use of wall plants in the garden

Clematite, wall plant of the garden as mentioned above, wall plants can dress a hoop, fence and other furniture installed in the garden. Virginia creeper is ideal in this role, especially for the bright colors it displays in autumn. Hops as well as flowering plants such as wall roses, bonnones and clematis may also be suitable. If the area to cover is small, annual climbers such as sweet pea, black eyed suzanne, nasturtium and ipomées may also be alternatives. To cover a wall, especially under a window or near the front door, passionflower, honeysuckle, jasmine, wall rose and clematis will be perfect. In this role, ivy is preferred if the wall is not very presentable. As for kiwi, wisteria, aristoloche, hops, Virginia creeper, wall rose, jasmine, trellis and bonnone, they can be used to shade an arbor, a pergola or a terrace. However, it should be noted that passionflower, wisteria, bougainvillea, kiwi and false jasmine flourish better under the sun. Winter jasmine and wall hydrangea prefer to stay in the shade. In any case, do not neglect these plants. It is advisable to prune them when necessary to make them bloom again.

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