Where to Use Climbing Plants
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 15, 2019)
Climbing plants can be a wonderful addition to just about any landscape design. However, in order to get the best results you need to be very cautious in where you use them. But where to use climbing plants? It's really not all that difficult to decide on the best places, and frankly all you really need to do is keep in mind these simple guidelines.
- What look do you want? When you consider using climbing plants in your landscape design you need to think about the overall look that you want. Each look will have their own unique requirements for where you will need to place the climbing plants. For example, English Cottage gardens do not look the same as a Southern Antebellum garden, and neither of them look the same as a Napa Valley wine garden. Take your time, and carefully consider what you want.
- Know your region and plant. Not all climbing plants will do well in all kinds of weather or regions. In order to choose the best possible plants for your particular region you will need to do a bit of research on both. Take the time to lean about the plants in your particular region (or at least those that are similar to yours) and make an effort to choose one from that list. This will give your plants the best possible chances of survival, and tell you the requirements for each particular type of climbing plant. Knowing this information is absolutely vital in knowing where you will be placing the plants since each one will have their own unique requirements.
- Provide proper support. As part of the research you will also learn what the support requirements for your climbing plants are. While most, if not all, climbing plants can grow attached directly to your home or other structure, you really don't want to go that route. If you do then don't be surprised to find that your home is becoming damaged overtime. Furthermore, depending on the style or look you want, you will want to choose the support accordingly.
- Plant and maintain. When you have chosen the type of plants you want, make sure that you place the plants appropriately for their particular requirements. As much as possible you will want to choose a plant that will work best with what you have available. If you go with something that will require different locations than you have available you will need to make potentially expensive accommodations for the maintenance of the plants.
One thing that you need to keep in mind when you are placing or planting your climbing plants, is that they are fairly aggressive plants. If you don't keep them in check, you can easily find your climbing plants going out of control. This means that you will need to keep an eye on them, and keep them from becoming a problem that you really don't want to face.
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