Climbers in con­tain­ers

Three easy pot dis­plays for high drama all sum­mer long. He­len Riches shows you how

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A glo­ri­ous pot­ted obelisk of climb­ing plants, cush­ioned with cheery an­nu­als at its feet, adds height, colour and a sense of theatre to the gar­den. It has an ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity that can bring struc­ture to a mud­dled cor­ner, or break up a dull ex­panse of pa­tio or gar­den fenc­ing. By clev­erly ex­ploit­ing ver­ti­cal space this is the per­fect project for even the small­est court­yard. Start now by sow­ing your favourite an­nu­als, such as sweet peas, thun­ber­gia or nas­tur­tiums, or buy young plants if you’re short on time. What about us­ing fra­grant flow­ers, or pop­ping in some ed­i­bles to fill the gaps? For a more per­ma­nent ar­range­ment that lasts longer than just a sea­son, choose peren­nial stal­warts such as clema­tis or roses. For healthy, easy-toman­age growth, use the big­gest con­tain­ers and

the least vig­or­ous climbers – breed­ers have de­vel­oped com­pact clema­tis va­ri­eties that re­spond best to the chal­lenges of pot­ted life and are well worth seek­ing out.

gar­den­er­ Clema­tis ‘Re­becca’ is a com­pact, free-flow­er­ing va­ri­ety that’s ideal for grow­ing in a con­tainer To buy this clema­tis turn to p67 April 2018

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