Climbers and an intro to Seeds of Change
Something strange is happening around us. Summer is finally here and the fruits of our labor are beginning to bloom. As we toil away, our climbing plants are slowly reaching upwards and starting to bow with the weight of the blooms. To obtain a profusion of blooms it’s essential that we take a little time to gently tease our climbers into place and using Healit™ Garden Tape is an excellent way to do this. Whether it’s a rose arch, a trellis, a wall or a fence, they all need a little help along the way.
The woody climbers such as honeysuckle (Lonicera), roses and wisteria, once established, will provide clusters of beautiful fragrant flowers. Care needs to be taken now to ensure they don’t ingress into walls or areas where they could potentially damage the fabric. Using tape to support plants will help them bear the weight of the blooms. If you are using tying wire or plastic ties you will need to revisit the ties frequently as they can cut into the trunks and eventually the plant will grow around them. Today we have a much friendlier alternative – Healit™ Garden Tape. It is wider than conventional ties, flexible to allow gentle movement in the wind and soft, but strong to support and spread the pressure throughout the branch.
With herbaceous young plants such as the everlasting pea (Lathyrus Grandiflora), annuals such as nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) or plants such as Clematis, they will wind their way around almost anything. If you run your tape between two stakes or attach to the wall you can encourage the tendrils to keep in shape as they have a tendency to grow forward and fall away from the wall or object you are trying to cover.
There are many types of climbers to choose from, but it is important to consider the ‘aspect’. By aspect we mean which way your wall faces to make sure that plants get enough shade. Walls in direct sunshine might give too much sun and scorch the plants.
It is worth remembering that soil around the base of house walls is often very poor and dry so it is important to prepare the area with good compost and to water the climbers regularly until they are established. As the climbers’ bloom, spend a relaxing few minutes removing any dead or dying flowers to encourage new growth and prolong the blooms.
Using climbers can create an oasis of color and scent and can create hidden spaces or spectacular facades in even the most limited spaces. The possibilities are endless so let your imagination flow upwards into the sky.