Top 6 wis­te­rias

Note: fi­nal height de­pends on prun­ing – or lack of it…

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Wis­te­ria brachy­botrys f. alb­i­flora ‘Shiro-kap­i­tan’

(AGM) Has large, de­li­ciously scented pure white, yel­low-eyed flow­ers. Racemes are fairly short (6in/15cm) but pro­lific, open­ing among downy fo­liage on young plants.

Wis­te­ria flori­bunda ‘Rosea’

(AGM) Held in 2ft/60cm racemes, the fra­grant pale laven­der-pink flow­ers have a creamy cen­tral zone and darker pink flashes. A lovely soft shade, this is def­i­nitely the best pink wis­te­ria, with the clear­est colour.

Wis­te­ria flori­bunda ‘Domino’

(AGM) Flow­er­ing de­pend­ably well on young plants, ‘Domino’ has fra­grant lilacblue blooms in 8in/20cm racemes as the leaves emerge. These are fol­lowed by long (sadly ined­i­ble) vel­vety seed pods.

Wis­te­ria sinen­sis ‘Amethyst’

(AGM) Open­ing from deep pur­ple buds, fra­grant, vi­o­let blue, slightly red-tinted and strongly scented flow­ers are held in 10in/25cm racemes and are quickly fol­lowed by un­furl­ing bronze-tinted fo­liage. Su­perb as a stan­dard.

Wis­te­ria flori­bunda f. mul­ti­juga

(AGM) Im­pres­sively long at 39in/1m, the racemes look amaz­ing in full bloom, and are packed with fra­grant li­lac flow­ers with pur­plish tints. Of­ten im­prac­ti­cal as a stan­dard, but su­perb on a per­gola or arch.

Wis­te­ria sinen­sis ‘Pro­lific’

(AGM) The name says it all. Fra­grant, soft blue-vi­o­let flow­ers are pro­duced in densely packed 1ft/30cm long racemes that show them­selves off bet­ter than many as they open be­fore the leaves. An­other that flow­ers well when young.

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