Whether you have an unattractive fence to cover, or you simply want to add more shade to your outdoor sitting area and delicate plants, these persistent green climbers will solve any issue and add some beauty to your garden. You can choose Australian native ones or maybe jasmine or decide on breathtakingly beautiful climbing roses. There are winter and summer time climbing plants and most of the species are able to grow all throughout Australia.
Although climbing plants are planted just like the regular ones, they can face some difficulties regarding the soil and possible water shortages. Since they are planted by the fence or a wall, the soil there is often poor and stressed. Also, the rain is not always able to reach their well-hidden roots. Apart from those few additional issues, these plants are fairly easy to grow and maintain.
Ensuring a Stable Plant Support
You need to have a supporting structure fully prepared and installed before you plant your climbers next to it. There are numerous cheap and expensive options for a supporter made from timber, steel or even plastic. Except for fences and walls, another option is obelisk trellis, arbour or pergola. You can even train climbers to grow through other plants.
Another way to support the climbers is to fix horizontal wires around 40cm apart. If the climbers won’t grip by themselves, tie their stems into the wires keeping the twine loose.
Prepare the Soil Well
Most climbers grow well in well-drained soils rich in organic matter. Sandy soils require compost addition, while the clay ones can be enhanced with gypsum. Mulching will certainly help keep the roots cool and moist alongside limiting the weed growth. Those are all processes which we regularly do to keep any plant healthy, but with climbers, you may need to add some extra attention.
Plant in the Right Spot
The climber should be placed between 30 cm and 45 cm away from the base of its supporting structure. Avoid the driest spots on the soil and plant so the root ball is at the soil level. This is the winning spot for the most climbers, and it will ensure your plant a fast and productive development. Some climbers like clematis or rose require a deeper planting hole.
Regular Pruning, Tying and Watering
Vines, climbing roses and other woody climbing plants require regular pruning. If you pick a climbing plant that is ready to live comfortably in the space you have, you will significantly save yourself from over-pruning. Once the plants are developed, pruning will remove damaged or unproductive stems alongside tangled ones. You can limit its growth but also direct and navigate the plant development.
Some climbers are quite independent and don’t like being tied up, while others, like Jasmine, are natural scramblers and need to grip to a nearby supporting surface. As the plant grows, it needs to be tied up in order to prevent it from becoming a tangled mess. For rapid growth, you can put in the short canes to bridge the gap between the plant and its support.
Don’t forget to water regularly during the dry months all throughout the first growing season.
Get Useful Advice from Your Gardening Experts
Climbing plants are truly wonderful and they deserve extra care. Our garden maintenance Sydney experts at Artview Landscapes know all about their needs and adequate cultivating, so turn to us for planting and pruning.
Except for various gardening works, we are specialists in timber works and we can use a unique wooden fence, pergola or an enchanting arbour that will adapt perfectly to your garden and provide steady support for your new climbing plants.