Vi­tis coigne­tiae

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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

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