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There is no season like autumn! The excitement and pace of summer slowly fades to the whiff of open fires and splashes of radiant colour.
Autumn is a time of high seasonal and cultural value for all! The warm, summer, months have historically created a time of plenty provoking a season of celebration!
There is probably no better way to enhance the feeling of comfort around our homes than with autumn colour. Nature provides the very best symbolism of change and transition within our lives.
A fantastic way to experience nature’s, seasonal, beauty, is by representing it around our homes. Climbers are one of the best ways to adorn buildings and structures with seasonal colour.
Consequently I have listed and described 10 of the best climbing plants for autumn colour below.
1. Crimson glory vine
Very closely related to the grapevine, 'Crimson glory vine' is loved for its large leaves with exquisite autumn colour.
Also well known by its Latin name, Vitis coignetiae is native to Asia and has an almost tropical look.
The Crimson glory vine is very easy to grow and extremely tolerant of various growing conditions. However, once established it can be vigorous so will require some seasonal pruning.
2. Star jasmine
The star jasmine is an attractive, climbing, plant native to East Asia. It is highly favoured for its strongly scented, five-lobed, Jasmine like flowers.
Even though this flowering climber is in full bloom during summer it also has fantastic autumn colour. During autumn, its glossy foliage turns magnificent shades of orange and red.
Even better, being evergreen this colour lasts throughout the whole winter.
3. Boston ivy
Boston Ivy (Pathenosissus tricuspidata) is a vigorous but delicate vine native to Korea, China and Japan. This climber is very well known for its truly legendary bright, red, autumn, colour.
Such a reputation has led it to being commonly planted up along tall structures and buildings. Boston ivy also has very attractive Acer shaped, jagged, leaves which give it an attractive visual texture.
Firehorn, also very well known by its Latin name 'Pyracantha', is more of climbing shrub than a climber.
However, firethorn is a robust, evergreen, shrub which is perfect for screening bad views or boundaries. Closely related to roses this shrub has very long and sharp thorns making it an effective, security, shrub.
Nonetheless, its clusters of colourful berries in autumn make it a joy and especially so for foraging birds.
5. Climbing rose
The climbing rose has long been favoured for adding colour and fragrance to structures and along buildings.
Not only does the rose have amazing flowers during the summer its flowering lasts until autumn. When roses lose their leaves for winter the bright, red, rose hips provide an extra seasonal display.
6. Climbing hydrangea
The climbing hydrangea is a climbing plant originally native to Asia. This deciduous climber is regularly grown under garden windows and along walls for its delicate flowers.
However, it also has some of the most amazing autumn colour! During late summer, its leaves begin to transition to the most radiant golden yellow colour.
This can transform the side of buildings or boundaries to a jaw dropping autumn display.
7. Grape vine
Grape vines have long been grown for their sweet fruits and wine producing potential. However, very rarely are they commended for their ornamental and seasonal interest.
During autumn, the foliage of grapevines turns the most radiant tones of golden oranges and reds. Furthermore, the hanging bunches of grapes themselves have great, aesthetic, qualities.
Grapevines are traditionally grown along the front of traditional English cottages for both their aesthetic and functional qualities.
8. Passion flower
Passionflower is a vigorous vine favoured for its tropical looking foliage and flowers. Its exotic look is no surprise as it is originally from tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Americas.
However, this vine can also look amazing on a sunny wall in more temperate climates. In autumn Passion flower forms small, decorative fruits which vary in colour from green, yellow, orange or purple.
Also well known by its Latin name 'Cotoneaster Horizontalis', this climbing shrub is very popular for its ornamental value.
Its stems grow into horizontal, spray-like, shapes which resemble open hands. During the spring this climber is full of small, pink flowers which are much loved by bees.
In autumn its small leaves turn radiant shades of red yellow and orange creating fantastic seasonal value.
Wisteria is a robust and deciduous climbing plant which originates from East Asia. This climber is famous for its decorative pea like purple flowers which hang down in long clusters.
It is perfect for growing along boundaries and raised garden structures such as pergolas. In autumn, its leaves turn bright shades of golden yellow before falling to reveal decorative, twisting, stems.
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