Real World Gardener Climbing Plants in Garden Design

May 13th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio


The complete CRN
edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album
Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Design Elements

with Garden Designer Lesley Simpson

Why do plants climb? Is it because
most climbing plants originated from rainforests and needed to reach the light?
That’s one theory.

Plus so many climbing plants have
different ways of reaching the top.

They can be twining stems with
tendrils like Mandevillas and Stephanotis, or scrambling like Banskia Roses, or
have thorns like Bouganvillea.

Let’s review some of these climbers
for your garden now…

Climbing plants are useful if you
haven’t got much room in your garden because they add a vertical element to
your garden and most of them don’t take up much room. Most need a support of
some sort, and most are evergreen, so even if they’re not flowering, there’s some
vertical interest with the leaves all year round.
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