Real World Gardener Climbing Plants for the Tropics in Design Elements

July 15th, 2016

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Climbing Plants for a Temperate Climate

Not all climbers take over your garden and not all climbers, hardly any really, are maintenance free.

Stephanotis floribunda photo M Cannon

But if you choose carefully, you can fit a number of climbers into your garden to give you maximum benefit of luxurious green foliage and scented or unscented flowers.

This week it’s about climbers that are suited for a temperate climate, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t grow them wherever you are.

Let’s find out. I'm talking with Glenice Buck, Consulting Arborist and Landscape Designer.

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Stephanotis or Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)

This is a more moderated climber which has a delicious perfume.  The fragrance is a favourite of mine. The flowers are small star shaped waxy blooms which hang in bunches. It likes a sheltered position in full to partial sun and well-drained soil.  It tends to cope with a hotter spot as long as its roots are shaded.  This climber will grow in warmer climates also.  It is tendril climber.

Hardenbergia (Hardenbergia violacea)

It is a vigorous evergreen climber that can also be grown as a ground cover in full sun to dappled shade and well-drained soil.  It has few varieties such as happy wanderer which is a purple form.  Its leaves almost look like Eucalyptus leaves.

Hardenbergia violaceae photo M Cannon


Hibbertia scandens or the Guinea Flower with bright yellow flowers and is native to Australia,



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