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English ivy

englishivy 300x199 English ivyLatin Name: Hedera helix

Description: What are English ivy plants? Botanically speaking, they are evergreen perennials. They are also classified as woody vines. Plant taxonomy refers to English ivy plants as Hedera helix. What are they good for? The fact that they spread quickly means that they could be useful in filling in a bare spot in your landscaping. But the problem is that their aggressive spreading is a double-edged sword.


Virginia creeper

virginia creeper 300x199 Virginia creeperLatin Name: Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Description: A vigorous and fast growing vine, Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is an outstanding plant for nearly any soil and light situation. Growing Virginia creeper vine provides a nearly carefree addition to the landscape. Virginia creeper maintenance is limited to light pruning and tying up.


Boston Ivy

bostonivy 300x199 Boston IvyLatin Name: Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Description: Boston ivy plants (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) are attractive, climbing vines that cover outer walls of many older buildings, particularly in Boston. It is the plant from which the term “Ivy League” derives, growing on numerous upscale campuses. Boston ivy plants are also called Japanese ivy and can quickly overtake the area in which it is planted, climbing by tendrils on any support nearby.


Clematis ‘General Sikorski’

Clematis General Sikorski Clematis General SikorskiDescription: The cultivar, ‘General Sikorski’ is a deciduous, vigorous climber that is single, blue saucer-shaped blooms with cream anthers belonging to AHS group 2. Large, 4 to 6 inch wide summer flowers are borne on sideshoots growing from last year’s shoots. Additional blooms may be borne on the tips of the present year’s growth. Leaves are divided into 3 widely or regularly lance-shaped leaflets, 4 to 6 inches long. Beautiful along fences and arbors. Part shade is preferable.


Clematis ”carnaby’

Clematis Carnaby Clematis carnabyDescription: The Clematis ‘Carnaby’, Hybrid, has pink flowers with rich red bar down the middle of each petal. ‘Carnaby’ also has dark red anthers that make it very showy. It has a plant height of 10′ with a spread of 3′. ‘Carnaby’ blooms from June and September with flowers that should not be missed. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast with the flower color. Clematis prefers full sun but will tolerate shade in the morning in a well-drained area.


Lonicera ‘Berries Jubilee’

lonicera peri berries jubliee Lonicera Berries JubileeLatin Name: Lonicera periclymenum

Description: This cultivar bears questionable affinity to the species. It produces yellow blooms that are followed by red fruit.


Lonicera X Br. ‘Dropmore Scarlet’

lonicera br dropmore scarlet Lonicera X Br. Dropmore ScarletLatin Name: Lonicera x brownii

Description: This semievergreen twining climber bears sweetly-fragrant, tubular, scarlet flowers above pairs of round, blue-green leaves. ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ honeysuckle tolerates a wide range of conditions, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, and is longer flowering than most other cultivars.


Hydrangea Anomala Petiolaris

hydrangea anomala petiolaris Hydrangea Anomala PetiolarisLatin Name: Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Description: The climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) is a subspecies often sold as if “Petiolaris” were a cultivar name. It is native to Japan & Taiwan, introduced to western gardening in 1865. The less often seen version is H. anomala spp anomala is from China. There is also a Korean variant, H. anomala petiolaris var tiliifolia sometimes offered as though it it were a separate species or with cultivar name “Tiliifolia.” Perhaps most interesting of all is a new cultivated form which has smaller & strikingly variegated leaves, sold as “Mirranda.”


Trumpet Vine

campsis radicans flamenco Trumpet VineLatin Name: Campsis radicans

Description: A deciduous climbing vine that is easy to grow and an American native. Attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, this would be a great addition to a butterfly garden. Will cling to garden structures and will grow rampantly in full sun or partial shade. Will grow in any average soil. Prune back to a few buds in the early spring, as flower buds form on new growth.


Flava Trumpet Vine

campsis radicans flava Flava Trumpet VineLatin Name: Campsis radicans

Description: Campsis radicans is a deciduous, clinging vine, extremely vigorous growing, can reach 30 to 40 feet high. It needs to be frequently pruned to keep it at bay, it is an effective fast cover. ‘Flava’ has lovely, trumpet-shaped yellow flowers which bloom all summer on trouble-free vines. Foliage is glossy, dark green, yellow-green fall color is not effective. Will grow out of a crack in the sidewalk. Some pests attack this plant but do not seriously bother it. Prefers full sun for maximum growth and flower production, but tolerates partial shade. Hardy in zone 3b. Keep soil moist until completely established. Drought tolerant when established.


Mini Kiwi Fruit

actinidia arguta issai Mini Kiwi FruitLatin Name: Actinidia arguta

Description: Issai is a self-fertile variety of the so-called mini-kiwi. This means that unlike the species it does not need a male and a female plant to produce fruit. Apart from tasty fruit it is a nice plant, too, with deep green leaves and scented flowers in June. It is a vine that is less vigorous that the species. It bears smooth-skinned fruit of the same taste and shape like kiwi, only smaller: 4-5 cm. They are green and ripen gradually from end September until end October. They are the sweetest when picked after they have softened a little. You can also pick up harder fruit, put in a bag along with other fruit producing ethylene (e.g. apples) and keep them at room temperature.