Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman’s Favourites -

We love pur­ple-coloured leaves – and while there is a wealth of red-leaved peren­ni­als, annuals, trees and shrubs to choose from there are fewer op­tions when it comes to climbers. Es­sen­tially the choice is between a sin­gle Clema­tis mon­tana and this Vitis vinifera, which has lobed leaves that are pur­ple-tinted in sum­mer and turn a richer plum colour later in au­tumn. The leaves are beau­ti­ful, but the grapes are not par­tic­u­larly worth pick­ing – even birds re­ject them – but they will hang on a wall or per­gola un­til De­cem­ber. AGM*.

Height 8m. Ori­gin Gar­den ori­gin (species cen­tral and south­ern Europe). Con­di­tions Well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H6. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to au­tumn.

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