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Climbers

Climbers

Climbers are plants that use other plants, rocks, walls or other man-made structures for support. They are able to grow vertically taller than many other plants because they have little or no requirement to bear weight. Their stems are often flexible and these versatile plants are able to provide screening, colour, leaf interest and even provide wildlife habitats. Climbers use different tactics to grow vertically: some will cling to surfaces using their own ‘suckers’; others need to be tied into supports and some will send out twining tendrils which curl around their supports. There are climbing plants suitable for north and east-facing walls and others that need the sunshine and high light levels provided by south and south-west-facing sites. Examples of climbers include Clematis; Hydrangea petiolaris; some types of Honeysuckle (Lonicera) and some Roses.