Winter doesn’t have to be ‘the gloomy season’. I’m not one for putting away my hanging baskets and containers over the cooler months. Quite the opposite. I like to outshine my neighbours with a plentiful display of winter blooms.
If you are decking the halls with boughs of holly, why not cover the walls with winter flowering climbers this year?
Jasminum nudiflorum – Winter Jasmine
Lovely yellow star-shaped flowers appear along leaf-less, dark green stems from January to March. Jasmine is more than happy to climb through trellis work or into a hedge or tree and is very easy to grow. A real favourite with the winter gardener. Very cheerful.
Not only can this Clematis put on a great floral display during winter, it also smells rather good! Yields bucket loads of white speckly flowers. It is a frost hardy climber, but may suffer during a severe and prolonged winter.
Honeysuckle – Lonicera purpusii
Clusters of white, tubular flowers with prominent yellow anthers cling to bare branches in the depths or winter and fill the air with a heady fragrance. The scent from this deciduous shrub will stop you in your tracks. An invaluable addition to the garden in winter. It is best planted near a path or in a front garden, where its delicious fragrance can be appreciated. Once the bright green leaves appear, this honeysuckle looks rather insignificant. So plant it among shrubs that provide interest over the summer months.
An old favourite of mine. You could crudely call it a ‘perennial nasturtium’. This rare climber will happily rambling up and into hedges or trees. It provides plenty of fiery interest during winter and on into early summer.
Tropaeolum tricolorum is not total hardy, but a mulch of straw around the roots should secure its survival. Also, growing against a dense hedge will act like a blanket during the season’s coldest nights.
The Asarina has very similar flowers to the Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae family), but to my knowledge they are in no way related. This flowering climber will produce masses of blue, white or pink flowers. It will do so right up to Christmas outdoors during a cooler year, or further in a conservatory or greenhouse. Asarina is commonly grown as an annual but is actually a half-hardy perennial.
Not strictly a climber, but can be trained as one against a trellis. Another scented climber! I don’t think that there are many garden plants that can boast a greater perfume than the Daphne. Incredibly sweet! Pink and white star-shaped flowers pop-out over glossy lined green leaves.