Click on any thumbnails to see a larger picture:
Holboellia latifolia var. angustifolia (new)
A fine and distinct form of this twining evergreen climber from the Himalaya with up to seven very narrow leaflets up to 15cm long and 2cm wide. Fragrant bronzy-pink flowers with recurved sepals in March; males greenish-yellow in the throat. For a wall fence or tree, where the sausage shaped, fleshy, purplish, edible fruit can form if pollinated by another clone.
An evergreen climbing Hydrangea from Mexico with long glossy green leaves and complex heads of white fertile flowers surrounded by sterile florets, like a multi-storey lacecap, borne in summer. The flower buds are enclosed by conspicuous bracts. Climbs by aerial roots like the common climbing Hydrangea, grows well in shade but flowers best in sun.
Lonicera aff. henryi NJM 11.033
A collection from 2000m elevation on Fanjingshan, Guizhou, China. This will make a vigorous semi-evergreen, but not massive climber for wall or fence with flowers yellow/red, seen in summer.
Lonicera henryi 'Copper Beauty'
This new variety of an excellent evergreen climber has copper-red new foliage throughout the growing season. Yellow flowers with a red stain in June and July. Strong growing and hardy.
Lonicera pilosa F&M 207
A smallish climber to about 3m in the wild state, with bunches of tubular orange-red flowers in May-June and pale-green, small, neat foliage. Originally collected at 2600m above Miquihuana, Tamaulipas State, NE Mexico. Admired by all here, climbing on a 1.8m wooden screen. Very effective, bone hardy and why on earth is this not common in the UK?!
Lonicera sp. KR 10608 (new)
One of Keith Rushforth's finds in Arunachal Pradesh at approx 2000m alt.. Unflowered as yet, but this evergreen climber has very handsome deep purple new foliage, of ovate form, with a matt finish, turning green later in the season. Looks to be a fairly vigorous thing.
Lonicera subaequalis Ogisu 93.329
A striking and very rare honeysuckle species collected in Sichuan, China. A climber with fairly glaucous foliage, the leaf stalks often encircling the stem. Softly fragrant yellow flowers produced in small clusters in summer, backed by and semi-enclosed with a deep hood, creating a striking effect. Perfectly hardy.
Marsdenia oreophila (syn. Cionura)
An unusual and exotic looking evergreen climber bearing clusters of starry, deliciously sweetly scented, creamy flowers over a long period in summer. Reaches about 5m on a sunny wall, in well drained soil. Has survived for years on a house wall in a customers cold Midlands garden and another chap has it up to the rafters in Bristol, even through Dec 2010.
Millettia japonica 'Hime Fuji' (new)
A low climber or compact shrub for a warm wall with creamy-white wisteria-like flowers in late summer, though rare to flower apparently. The foliage is also rather wisteria-like but smaller and more compact which makes it, together with the scarcity of flowers, apparently highly desirable to the Bonsai nut. Very rarely seen in the UK.
Well known to anyone who frequents Cornish gardens, this fascinating twining climber forms amazing tangled masses of tiny evergreen leaves on wiry stems up to 6m high. Usually only seen in mild areas, this can be grown successfully in a sheltered position over a wide area of the UK. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in a bad winter.
Muehlenbeckia complexa 'Texture Big Leaf' (new)
A larger leaved form of this fascinating twining climber forming the usual amazing tangled masses of rounded evergreen leaves on wiry stems up to 6m high. Usually only seen in mild areas, this can be grown successfully in a sheltered position over a wide area of the UK. A mulch over the root stock ensures survival in an exceptionally bad winter.
A highly neglected evergreen climber with handsomely held dark green, glossy, simple foliage setting off the frothy panicles of creamy-white flowers in late summer/autumn. Easy and floriferous, if a little slow growing, on virtually all soils in sun or shade. Can reach 6m on a suitable wall or tree trunk, but is easy to keep much smaller.
'Cooper's Burmese Rose'. A very beautiful large growing, semi-evergreen climber for a south wall, with large, single, pure white, slightly fragrant flowers with golden anthers in June, over wonderful healthy, glossy-green, bold foliage on reddened stems. A very tasteful, 'quality' rose with superb foliage. Bone hardy here, even through December 2010.
Rosa banksiae 'Lutescens'
NOT to be confused with the common double flowered 'Lutea', this is the rarely encountered, single flowered, highly scented yellow Banksian rose. A small leaved evergreen climber with virtually no thorns, reaching up to 7.5m with suitable support. Bunches of small, warm-yellow, sweetly scented flowers are produced in May. For a sunny wall.
Rosa banksiae var. normalis
The true wild type of Banksian rose, forming a strong growing semi-evergreen climber with virtually NO thorns, bearing masses of small cream flowers in early summer over attractive dainty foliage with narrow leaflets. Flowers are borne in clusters, have conspicuously notched petals and are scented of violets. For a warm sheltered wall.
Rosa brunonii KR 10350
A recent collection of the renowned Himalayan Musk Rose from the far NE Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. Richly fragrant white flowers are borne in tight clusters in summer. A large climber for a sunny wall or up a tree, best grown in the south of the UK as it appreciates warmer summers.
Rosa chinensis var. spontanea
This is the wild ancestor of all Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses, discovered and introduced to cultivation by Mikinori Ogisu, from Sichuan, China. A nearly thornless evergreen climber to about 3m with single flowers opening pink in early summer, but soon turning crimson, with all stages seen on the plant at the same time. A great rarity for a warm wall.
Rosa cymosa 'Rebecca Rushforth' (new)
A selection of this Chinese climbing rose with flattened domes of small creamy white flowers with conspicuous yellow stamen in May/June followed by clusters of small red hips. Foliage is composed of narrow pointed, elegant leaflets and new growth is especially red tinted. For a sunny wall, not too cold.
Rosa cymosa NJM 11.079
Found at the roadside at 1200m in north central Guizhou, China, this made a climbing rose with clusters of small red hips. Unseen in flower these are first generation plants from this collection, but should have flattened domes of small creamy white flowers with conspicuous yellow stamen in May/June. New growth is red tinted. For a sunny wall, not too cold.
Rosa gigantea x longicuspis
Collected from R. gigantea in Yunnan by Martyn Rix. The flowers are typical R. gigantea, being large, softest yellow in bud, opening cream and fading white with a beautiful form and up to 14cm across. Other parts lean more toward R. longicuspis, leaves being smaller, stiffer and distinctly pewtered, with the stems deep red. A strong growing climber for a warm wall.
Click on any thumbnails to see a larger picture: