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Picture Perfect Posted On 09 September 2021

Using a Climbing Plant to frame your Front Door

 

The perfect climbing plant can frame your home’s entrance and add some serious kerb appeal to your property. Knowing which one to choose and which will work with your home’s aesthetic can be harder to figure out.

Climbing Rose – choosing a climbing rose will create a quintessential country look (think the cottage in The Holiday) but will require a structure for support. You can either use wires attached to vine eyes on the wall or some form of trellis. Roses are notorious for spreading so if you don’t want the entire house to be covered in roses choose a less enthusiastic climber. Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ is a great variety to choose as it thornless and has large, scented, peachy-pink blooms. It will flower from summer to autumn and favours full sun or partial shade.

Evergreens – evergreens offer structure around a door and will look great all year round. Pyracantha is a good option which can be trained against a wall. They do best in full sun and will give you flowers in early summer, bunches of red, orange and yellow berries as well as dark, glossy foliage.

Wisteria – one of the most popular plants for door dressing, it is no wonder with its draping vines and beautiful blooms. As the plant grows it will need strong support for its stems. If you’re growing it up the front of a house, it’s a good idea to treat it like an espalier – fasten stout, horizontal support wires to sturdy vine eyes. As the stems fatten, they can prize the trellis away from the wall so need to be untangled often.

Clematis – with over 300 varieties of clematis to choose from, choosing the right one for your front door can be a tricky job. Clematis prefer to have their roots in the shade and their heads in the sun. Clematis viticella are good companions for roses, but it’s best not to mix plants that need to be pruned at different times around a door, as you’ll end up with a tangled mess. This variety will be ok in any aspect and even in a pot. A good clematis to try for a shady area is ‘Prince Charles’.

The right climbing plant can transform a doorway but remember to keep on top of pruning r trimming it as it will always be on show!

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