Climbing plants or wall shrubs are an essential part of any garden. These plants provide privacy and height and can be trained for growth on a fence, wall, or trellis.
If you are going to plant a climber, do not assume it will take care of itself. Many climbers require tying to support or at least directing towards the support in order to give them a grip.
Clematis climbing hydrangeas, passion roses, and smaller climbing roses like ‘Blush Noisette’ and ‘Buff Beauty’ are good choices for fence climbers. Use vines and creepers to climb large walls or long fences.
Learn how to train wall climbers or shrubs—
Climbers are a must-have in your garden. But if you don’t have much experience with them, here is a little bit of help to ensure your climbers produce the best results.
- You can let your climber use another plant or tree as its support—
The best way to give trees, spring-flowering shrubs, or evergreens an extra dash of interest is to grow climbers on them. Climbers will always grow towards the sun, so you need to make sure you plant climber on the shady north side of the support plant or tree, so it tries to climb and see the sun. While some climbers climb through medium-sized shrubs, some also climb up trees.
- Choose healthy living support—
You should start by selecting a healthy tree for your climbing plant. This is the most important step and can determine the final results. The reason why the support is so important is that your climber is going to be entirely dependent on this support for its growth. Not just that, even the climbing plant should be healthy so that it can grow to its full potential and give you desired results.
- Don’t deprive your climber of sunlight—
Whether you plant it in your home or garden, you should choose a sunny spot for your climber. For most climbing plants, direct sunlight is the best.
- You can also use wires to support your climbing plant—
Climbers can be supported by adding horizontal wires to your fence or wall. Make sure two consecutive wires are 45 cm apart. Next, place the vine eyes horizontally 1.8m apart. Then run the wires through them. Attach the ends to the shank by looping the wire through each eye. You can tighten wires by using pliers. The climber may struggle to grasp the wires by itself. To encourage growth, you can tie its stems in the wires.
- Create a good footing for your climber
Rootball of the climber should be soaked in water. After that, you will need to dig a hole about 45cm wide. To retain the soil’s moisture, you should add plenty of potting soil. Tilt the rootball at 45 degrees and point the plant in the direction in which you want it to grow.
- How to train wall shrubs?
For cladding a wall with Ceanothus or other similar shrubs, run a series of horizontal wires across the wall. Once the main shoot is secured vertically, spread the side branches, and tie them in. Once the plant has flowered, cut off the branches growing beyond the wall and tie in other shoots for filling in the gaps. After two years, cut the shoots that have flowered to about 10 to 15 cm.
- Let people envy the berries—
If you don’t prune your wall-trained Pyracantha, your vibrant berries may be lost under new leaves by the time they ripen. First, trim any excess growth that isn’t necessary to maintain the shape of the Pyracantha. Do this in spring. Next, in late summer, trim the new foliage to just above the berries. This will make the berries stand out against a green background.
Climbers are versatile plants that can serve the same purposes as shrubs but require less space. You can use them to conceal walls and fence off borders in small gardens. They can be used to shade or provide shelter by covering structures such as pergolas, shade houses, and arbours. One can also use them to hide unsightly things, like a shed or water tank, as well as soften harsh walls, fences, or tree trunks. Many of them have attractive foliage or flowers, which can add to the beauty of your property.
However, if left unchecked, rampant climbers can block drainpipes and gutters in buildings. Some can also cause severe damage to trees or structures. Although some climbers do less damage than others, you should still inspect the area every few years and trim any climbers that are causing damage.