Here in the Charente Maritime houses and buildings have donned their summer clothing, pretty pastels and vibrant colours abound. Everywhere I go there are climbers, reaching upwards, the bigger the better; these are the social climbers of the plant world, they twist and turn around anything they can cling to for support, or anything that will enhance their status!
Plants and flowers bring out the frivolity of summer; and a climber is a house’s necklace, encrusted with jewels.
Vertical colour and foliage is nearly always a good thing, and instantly transforms even the smallest garden into a much richer, more interesting space. There is something quite magical about climbing plants in a garden, they scramble, creep, climb and eventually cover, sometimes they take their time to get established, but the wait will be worth it.
Some of the most stunning houses that really stick in my mind are those with beautifully trained plants that clothe their walls , wrapping themselves in a summer shawl of leaves.
Even the plainest of walls can be transformed with the addition of greenery
although faded French shutters in tones of blues and greys truly need little embellishment.
First impressions really do make all the difference; they hint at what lies within and anything flowering above an old door is a stunning partnership, a relationship that never fails to be a success.
If you lack garden space or have a bare wall to cover you really need a climbing plant. Walls can be dramatic in a supporting role and they’re a magical backdrop for plants. Old mellowed stone and climbers are a match made in heaven.
Wisteria will automatically have its influence, casting an air of sophistication much as a beautiful scarf might lift an ordinary suit. Our’s is being most obliging this year and has just had it’s second flush of flowers, the perfect purple petals hang like raindrops suspended in motion, while a supporting cast of bees flit about the topmost blossoms.
Rather like in fashion, if you don’t like prints and florals then stick to basic colours; the same rules apply to the garden and the effect can be just as captivating.
Anything and everything will be enriched if you let roses ramble all over them, even if they grow almost wild at the edge of some long forgotten wall along a rarely walked path.
For no plant epitomises the classic cottage garden more than a stunning climbing rose. I think it’s the most romantic of plants, and of course climbing roses are perfect for framing a door or decorating an arch.
Have a great Sunday and for those of you in the States a very happy 4th of July x