Question: Climbing plants
given that I gladly read your beautiful magazine, and that in the past I have already used your valuable advice, I still turn to you to solve another problem of mine, always linked to gardening. I intend to create a 7m long arbor with 2.30m high and 2.30m deep, also suitable for protecting my car, for what it is possible, from the sun and rain. The problem lies in choosing some creeper that meets the following characteristics: that it is perennial of rapid development, covering, evergreen and sufficiently ristico to not require assiduous and particular care. The fact is that I live in Trento but the pergola should be set up in Campania, in the province of Benevento (mid-hill), where I can only go there a few times a year. I would have thought of Hedera Helix or Colchica, or Trachelospermum, Richospermum and Caprofoglio but I don't know which of these creepers can better respond to the characteristics listed above, I know nothing else or know better. I would be happy if you could give me some help. Grateful for the kindness you will surely grant me, I take this opportunity to send you my best wishes and to send you best wishes for your nice job.
Climbing plants: Answer: Climbing plants
Dear Mr. Carmine,
Thank you for contacting us about your questions on climbing plants, through the Expert's section of.
The study and research of the plants to be placed in a pergola must be done in a way that satisfies our aesthetic taste, plays an ornamental function and is easy to maintain.
The choice is a bit difficult if we have limitations on environmental conditions and cultivation requirements.
Finding perennial evergreen climbing plants, of rapid development and that does not require particular care is not an easy thing because the choice is not wide among those indicated to us that which we think best meets its needs is certainly the Hedera Helix.
The EDERA belongs to the Araliaceae family and in the genus Hedera which contains 15 different species of rustic, climbing and evergreen plants, among which the most common is the Hedera Helix.
It is characterized by having 2 types of branches. The YOUTH branches have aerial roots, which stick to each surface, and lobed leaves. The ADULT branches, which grow following the previous ones, are devoid of roots, have leaves with entire margins, and form flowers and fruits.
The Helix ivy is the most used to cover the walls, it has glossy leaves of an intense green color, often characterized by silver-colored spots. It produces small black fruits, poisonous to humans but commonly eaten by birds.
It adapts to all types of terrain, requires illuminated areas but not direct light. Generally the ivy grown against the walls are shortened in the period of March and are pruned again during the summer to avoid and an excessive lengthening of the shoots up to roofs or gutters. The Adult branches are usually shortened in March and July to maintain the shape of the hedge.
In any case, the best advice is to contact an experienced nurseryman in the area who has a beautiful catalog of plants that grow well in his reality and that are not subject to many diseases.