For a jungle, bushy and colorful effect, creepers are real wonders. Thanks to their vines, they can cover a pergola, an arch, a fence or a wall with a trellis. Well chosen, they can even brighten up your exterior with beautiful flowers. Better yet, some varieties are not only pleasing to the eye, but also to the sense of smell. We make an inventory of the climbing and scented plants to adopt at any cost on your balcony or in your garden.
Where to plant climbing plants?
Whether you choose jasmine, wisteria, or clematis, choose their location carefully so you can get the most out of their scent: by a window, a door, in an alleyway you frequent, or on the patio at your outdoor table. To avoid intoxicating smells, spread out your fragrant plantings so that each plant can reveal its full potential. In addition to the latter varieties, choose for their beauty and brilliance more than for their fragrance.
There’s nothing like the scent of jasmine that tickles the nostrils. To make this moment of grace a part of your daily life, choose a fragrant variety of jasmine. But beware, these fragrant forms are exotic, reserve them in a sunny spot. Indeed, with its delicate white flowers and semi-evergreen leaves, jasmine is afraid of temperatures below -10°. Once properly acclimated, your jasmine should bloom quickly and cover fences, wire mesh or trellises without any problem. You can enjoy flowering in July and then in September. In the evening, the delicate fragrance takes you on a journey to the Orient…
Planting tips: bet on an exhibition in full sun and sheltered from the draft. The soil must be well drained. It can climb up to 5 m.
Depending on the variety, honeysuckle or Lonicera, may adopt deciduous or semi-evergreen foliage. If you decide to plant it on your balcony, your patio or around your house, then prefer this latest version. Thus, the honeysuckle will have the advantage of keeping part of its leaves in winter, which is much more aesthetically pleasing. So turn to the Lonicera japonica and its varieties Halliana and Hall’s Prolific with beautiful white and yellow flowers or towards the chinensis with crimson and cream flowers. For its part, the Lonicera Golden Flame has bright red and dark yellow flowers for a more contrasting bloom.
Planting tips: honeysuckle likes rich, cool soil. It prefers partial shade and tolerates low temperatures quite well. It can climb up to 5 m high.
the rose bush
What could be more intoxicating than the scent of a rose? Unfortunately, not all roses have such strong scents. To choose your future climber, you should bet on certain species that are known for their fragrant power. This is the case of Rosa Gallica Officinalis that blooms once a year, Semiplena with white flowers that bloom in partial shade or Lady of Chenonceau whose large flowers are reminiscent of old roses.
Planting tips: opt for open ground and avoid the scorching sun that could damage the delicate flowers. Apply strict pruning to encourage the growth and flowering of your rose bush.
With its clusters of purple or white flowers, the wisteria is a feast for the eyes as well as for the nose. Its enchanting scent will instantly enrapture you. But beware, the sturdy vines are unforgiving. So before you plant your wisteria, choose the support it will rest on. The latter must be particularly sturdy as the wisteria can reach up to 20 meters over time. On the variety side, prefer the variety from China Wisteria sinensismore fragrant than its Japanese cousin Wisteria floribunda†
Planting tips: choose a sunny position, a soil not too calcareous and deeply loosened. Do not hesitate to enrich it with organic material.
In early spring, clematis’ large buds bloom, revealing four petals scattered around a yellow, fuzzy pistil. A generous outbreak that gives off the sweet scent, close to that of almond, of clematis armandii. From April to May it is mountain clematis (C.montana) launching an avalanche of pink flowers for the variety mayleen or pure white with the Wilsonii†
Planting tips: The clematis likes to have its head in the sun and the foot in the shade on well-drained and cool soil.
Little known, the Akebia quinata seduces with its amazing flowering and its elegant foliage in soft green tones. At the end of spring, the dark purple color of the three-petalled flowers emerges, from which a delicate vanilla scent emerges. Very easy to care for, this plant straight from Japan is one of the few climbing plants that can withstand little sunlight. To the delight of gardeners and gardeners in the shade!
Planting tips: Exposed to sun or partial shade, the akebia appreciates drained and cool soils. It can reach 10 m in height.
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