When nature lights up the walls

Climbing plants have more than one string to their bow: they are a fine decoration for a tired wall, can hide a fence or an unsightly passageway, perfect for a pergola or can create a green border or a shady restful oasis. In other words,  they are an amazing enhancement to quality of life, especially in an urban settings!

In order to develop harmoniously, climbing plants need adequate lattice work, since their developing stems are often not strong enough to support their weight. In this way, honeysuckle, laburnum, wisteria, rambling roses, passion flowers, bougainvillea, jasmine and many more, will adorn and swathe these lattices, each in their own distinct style.

At Croix Chatelain, you are  spoiled for choice: you can select the styles, shapes and materials based on your tastes and requirements.

What material should you use?

  • Wood: very aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance provided you select a wood that is rot-resistant.
  • Steel: is particularly suited to plants that grow to be very big, which will weigh down the lattice.
  • PVC: will delight amateur gardeners as it requires hardly any maintenance.

Which training plant?

Climbing plants have different ways of attaching themselves to their supports. Therefore they do not all “react” in the same way on a lattice.

  • the climbers that need to be “tied on”: the plant needs some kind of tie to attach it to the support (bignonia, winter jasmine)
  • the climbers that are more expansive or with tendrils: the plant’s stem curls itself around the support (clematis plants, honeysuckle)
  • the climbers with suckers or hooks: the plant attaches itself independently to the support (ivy, climbing hydrangeas)

How to train them?

  • Install the lattices before planting, to avoid the risk of damaging it.
  • Choose the size of the wire mesh to suit the diameter of the stems.
  • Plant the climbing plant at a distance of 15 to 30 cm from the wall,  so that the roots are able to develop.