Slow-growing evergreen climber, closly related to the climbing hydrangeaas. Large, leathery dark green leaves and large panicles of cream-white flowers in late summer. Prefers cool conditions. Native to India and China. Fully hardy. H: 5-6m
Vigorous evergreen climber. Small mid-green leaves on wiry stems. White star-like flowers in summer. Long flowering season. Thrives in full sun and moist but well drained soil. H:5m or more, or cut hard in spring to control overall size. Poisonous if eaten.
Slow-growing evergreen climber, with glossy dark green foliage that turns red during winter, young foliage is a very pleasing bronze-flushed green. Very fragrant small cream coloured flowers in summer. Best in full sun and shelter from the coldest winter winds. Fully hardy. H: 3-4m
A vigorous sun-loving vine, grown for ornamental and culinary value. Lobed green leaves turn to vivid rich red and orange in the autumn. Dark purple, small, edible sweet grapes develop at the end of the summer. Hardy. H+W: 3-5m Grow on a south or west facing wall.
Vigorous, woody climber, producing highly fragrant pendant racemes of pale violet-blue flowers, marked with deeper violet-purple keels. Foliage is pale green, turning to a buttery golden yellow in autumn. Grown in fertile soil and in full sun or part shade, and can be left to grow into a large tree or trained along a fence or pergola. Fully hardy. Height: 6-10m
Hardy, woody twining climber from the Far East. Ideal for growing over a pergola or into a tree. Long racemes of sweetly fragrant flowers. Grafted for best flowering performance. Prune back tow buds above ripe wood in mid-September. H:3-6m
A wonderful vigorous climber with lovely long hanging flowers in spring. The violet and purple flower racemes can measure up to 1m and are sweetly scented. They appear in the spring just as the bright green foliage emerges. Grow in moist but freely draining soil in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy.
Woody climber bearing masses of fragrant lilac-mauve flowers in spring and again to a lesser extent in late summer. Less vigorous than other varieties, so could be kept in a container. Fully hardy, and a reliable flowerer. Unpruned height and spread: 5m and 3m, respectively.
Hardy, versatile, long-lived and woody climber, with pendant racemes of richly fragrant mauve to purple-lilac flowers in early summer. Grow against a warm wall, as a standard in the garden or into a tree or a pergola. Potentially very large, up to 12m in spread and 8m in height.