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
Slow-growing evergreen climber, with glossy dark green foliage that turns red during winter. Very fragrant small white flowers in summer. Best in full sun and shelter from the coldest winter winds. Fully hardy. H: 3-4m
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
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.
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.