One of the most spectacular of all displays in the entire garden is provided by a vine,
Vitis coignetiae, which races along the fence separating the top part of the garden from the lower part.
It provides some of the most breathtaking pyrotechnics, its leaves are far bigger than outstretched hands and they’re red, crimson and claret, as vivid colours as leaves can be.
It’s planted on the south side of the fence but it’s no respecter of boundaries! It climbs high into two cercidiphyllum planted on the north side and scrambles through anything it meets. If it were a person it would be the unstoppable character, who always wants to be on to the next thing, impatient but exciting and, despite all their rush and push, always inspirational. Each time you look out of the window you see it in combination with the cercidiphyllum’s coral and gold autumn foliage. When you’re close you can smell the tree. In both spring and autumn cercidiphyllum emit a glorious scent of sugar turning to caramel.
Vitis coignetiae shows off a gorgeous kaleidoscope of colour in autumn