Climbers in containers
Three easy pot displays for high drama all summer long. Helen Riches shows you how
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.
gardenersworld.com 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