|Climbing plants for foliage colour effect|
Climbing plants can make for a fantastic addition in any garden, and there are plenty of exotic, flowering species to choose from. However, no matter how gorgeous the flowers are, the blooms are often short lived leaving only the foliage to provide ornamental effect for the rest of the year.
Like the majority of garden plants available, most climbers produce regular green leaves which will often fade to the background amongst the rest of the specimen plants. However, appropriate foliage colour can provide a far longer effect and with a little though and design can enhance the plants in front of them.
In no particular order, check out my choice of top 8 (10 was a bit of a stretch) and sometimes award-winning ornamental foliage climbing plants.
Hedera helix 'Buttercup'
|Hedera helix 'Buttercup'|
Plant in a sheltered position in full sun to semi-shade, in a moist but well-drained soil.
Hedera helix 'Buttercup' received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1984.
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
|Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'|
It will happily grow in most moist, well-drained soils in a sunny to partially shaded position. Provide a sheltered position.
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise'
|Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise'|
Plant in a sheltered position in full. sun. Jasminum 'Fiona Sunrise' is tolerant of partial shade, but the foliage will turn a yellowish green if there is not enough light. Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise' prefers fertile, well-drained soil and a sheltered position with some winter protection.
Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak'
|Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak'|
As the leaves age, they become greener, but they also turn to rich colours in autumn. 'Claret Cloak' is harder to find in garden centres than the species, but is available from nurseries that specialise in climbing plants.
Vitis coignetiae ‘Claret Cloak’ is very easy to grow in any reasonably fertile soil in sun or part shade, but will need a support in order to establish.
Plant in a moist but well-drained. For best foliage effect position in full sun.
Actinidia kolomikta received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
|Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'|
It is ideal for growing up trellis or over an arch in a sheltered position. It will tolerate partial shade but a sunny place will produce the best leaf colour so long as the soil does not dry out.
Plant Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' in a sheltered position in a moist but well-drained soil.
The thick glossy leaves are dark velvety green or tinged bronze, with 3-5 silvery-veined leaflets which give an evergreen feel to this handsome specimen. They then change colour to a brilliant red in autumn before falling.
Hedera colchicum 'Sulphur Heart'
|Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart'|
It is a vigorous cultivar which will grows best in fertile, humus-rich, alkaline soil. That being said, it will tolerate acidic soils.
The Royal Horticultural Society gave Hedera colchicum 'Sulphur Heart' the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1984.