Climbers have a natural tendency to climb and some will even self-cling, without requiring tying-in to supports. Wall shrubs, by contrast, do not naturally climb. If left alone, they bush outwards and grow like shrubs. With specific pruning and training techniques, they can be trained to grow against walls.
Choosing a climber or wall shrub
When choosing a climber or wall shrub it is important to consider several factors:
- Aspect: Sun-loving plants won’t thrive against a shady wall
- Size: Match the vigour of the plant to the allotted space
- Hardiness: Do not plant tender plants in an exposed situation
- Climbing habit: Some climbers (such as Campsis) are self-clinging, but other climbers and all wall shrubs require supports and tying in
Planting climbers and wall shrubs
See our advice on trees and shrubs: planting for information on planting technique. Some climbers, such as certain species of Clematis plants such as Campsis, have particular requirements. Delay the planting of tender plants until the spring.