The key to success when planting a climber is to make sure that the soil is in good condition and the roots are away from the dry conditions found at the base of a wall. After planting, it's also good to cover the soil with a mulch to prevent competition from weeds and help retain all available moisture around the roots of the plants.

When to plant?

Container-grown climbers can be planted at any time of the year, except when the soil is frozen or waterlogged. Autumn is the ideal time for deciduous climbers because the soil is still warm enough to encourage some root growth before the onset of winter. This helps the climber establish quickly so that it is able to withstand any hot, dry spells the following summer. Container-grown evergreen climbers can also be planted in autumn, but in exposed gardens they're best planted in April (May in colder areas).

Top Tip: protect all vulnerable climbers over winter by covering them with a warm layer, like fleece.

7 steps to success

1. Make sure there is suitable support for the climber - like trellis. If planting against a wall or fence make a planting hole about 45cm away from the base to avoid the dry soil found in these areas.

2. Dig a hole at least twice as wide and slightly deeper than the climbers container. Mix the soil you've removed with well-rotted organic manure such as Rootmaster and leave it to one side.

3. Nearly all climbers should be planted at the same depth as in the pot. Check the hole is the right depth by laying a cane or piece of straight timber across the hole. If the climber is standing too high you'll need to remove some of the soil in the bottom of the hole, or if it's too low, then top it up a bit.

4. Water the climber thoroughly and allow to drain. Gently tip the plant on its side and with one hand on top of the compost and around the climber to support it, ease the climber out of its pot.

5. Carefully pull out any roots that are circling around the bottom or sides of the pot, so they grow away from the rootball and into the surrounding soil. Position the climber in the centre of the hole and lean it back towards the bottom of the support at a 45 degree angle. Then fill in the gaps around the sides of the plant with soil mixture, firming it down gently as you go.

6. Once the hole has been filled, gently firm the soil once more - to get rid of any air pockets and make sure the plant is secure. Water the climber again using at least one full watering can. Then cover the soil with a generous layer of mulch, such as chipped bark to help prevent weeds and reduce the amount of water loss from the soil.

7. Untie the climber from the support cane supplied in the pot and space out and tie in all the stems to the new support system. (trellis/climber support)

  • Actinidia deliciosa Jenny

    Actinidia deliciosa Jenny is a self-fertile female kiwi fruit plant meaning it will produce edible fruits without the need for a male plant. 'Jenny' is a good fruiting variety with pale yellow flowers and lush foliage which add to the appeal of this fruit. A climber. Heart-shaped leaves, cup-shaped white flowers followed by edible, hairy, brown fruits.

  • Actinidia deliciosa Solo

    Chinese gooseberry, Kiwi fruit. Vigorous woody stemmed climber. Heart-shaped leaves, bearing cup-shaped white flowers followed by edible, hairy, brown fruits. To obtain fruits both male and female plants must be grown. Height 10m. Flowers from June to July. Deciduous. Hardy. Sheltered Site.

  • Akebia quinata

    Chocolate Vine. A semi-evergreen climber. Attractive dark green leaves above blue-green beneath, purple tinged in winter. Spicely fragrant racemes of chocolate-purple flowers, followed by fruit. Height 10m. Spread 3-7m. Flowers from March to April. Fruits from August to September. Hardy.

  • Akebia quinata Silver Bells

    Chocolate Vine. A semi-evergreen climber. Attractive dark green leaves above blue-green beneath, purple tinged in winter. Spicely fragrant racemes of chocolate-purple flowers, followed by fruit. Height 10m. Spread 3-7m. Flowers from March to April. Fruits from August to September. Hardy.

  • Bougainvillea Deep Purple

    Evergreen shrub with small tubular flowers surrounded by beautiful bracts bourne in large auxiliary clusters. Excellent for use on pergolas or on front of houses. Prefers a sheltered site from frost.

  • Bougainvillea Mixed

    Evergreen shrub with small tubular flowers surrounded by beautiful bracts bourne in large auxiliary clusters. Excellent for use on pergolas or on front of houses. Prefers a sheltered site from frost.

  • Bougainvillea Purple

    Evergreen shrub with small tubular flowers surrounded by beautiful bracts bourne in large auxiliary clusters. Excellent for use on pergolas or on front of houses. Prefers a sheltered site from frost.

  • Clematis armandii Apple Blossom

    A vigorous evergreen climber with saucer-shaped, scented white flowers, with cream anthers. Height 3-5m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from March to May. Evergreen. Frost hardy. Sheltered Site. Rich soil in sunny spot. The best evergreen clematis.

  • Clematis armandii Hendersonii Rubra

    A vigorous evergreen climber with saucer-shaped, scented white flowers, with cream anthers. Height 3-5m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from March to May. Evergreen. Frost hardy. Sheltered Site. Rich soil in sunny spot. The best evergreen clematis.

  • Clematis Bill Mackenzie

    A vigorous late small flowered climber with abundant open bell shaped, single yellow flowers with red anthers, followed by large fluffy seed heads. Height 7m. Spread 2.5m. Flowers from July to October. Deciduous. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis Boulevard Bernadine

    A wonderful, large flowered variety with beautiful sky blue blooms with a central ridge of white on the reverse of the flower petal. This is a compact form in the Boulevard group so great for small gardens.

  • Clematis Boulevard Ninon

    Beautiful, large cream flowers with contrasting mauve tipped stamens, continue to bloom freely over a long season. Prefers partial shade with free-draining soil or compost. Lovely compact habit - ideal for pots and containers or the patio or veranda.

  • Clematis Boulevard Nubia

    Saucer-like maroon flowers with light purple centres, continue to bloom freely over a very long flowering period.

  • Clematis Boulevard Samaritan

    Large, silvery-white star-shaped flowers, 10 to 15cm wide, with distinctive tapering petal tips, purple edges and a faint, pale-green central stripe continue to bloom freely over a long season. Prefers partial shade with free-draining soil or compost. Lovely compact habit - ideal for pots and containers on the patio or veranda.

  • Clematis Garland Hisako

    A wonderful new variety which has a very long flowering period of May to September, and produces strong satin red flowers which fade to a more purple colour. Height 6ft.

  • Clematis integrifolia Arabella

    Clematis 'Arabella' bears its small, mauve-purple blooms with with creamy-yellow anthers from early summer to early autumn. This is one of the longest non-stop flowering Clematis, giving colour from May to October. Part of the integrifolia group, this scrambling variety is semi-herbaceous with non clinging stems which are ideal for romping among mature shrubs, or cascading over banks and walls. This versatile perennial has a relatively compact habit making it useful for creating vigorous, weed suppressing ground cover, or spilling from large patio pots. Height: 2m (6'). Spread: 1m (3').

  • Clematis montana

    An early flowering, deciduous climber, with pretty divided leaves. Bears a profusion of single white flowers. Height 5-14m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from May to June. Deciduous. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis montana Fragrant Spring

    An early flowering, deciduous climber, with pretty divided leaves. Bears a profusion of single pink, fragrant flowers. Height 5-14m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from May to June. Deciduous. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis montana Mayleen

    An early flowering, deciduous climber, with divided, green leaves. Bears a profusion of single, mid-pink, flowers. Height 5-14m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from May to June. Deciduous.

  • Clematis montana Rubens

    One of the most floriferous and rapid growing clematis varieties. Rubens is a pinkish form of the usual white Clematis montana. All forms are vigorous rambling climbers, with twining stems that produce a mass of scented flowers in May and June. May also produce a second smaller flush of blooms in late summer.

  • Clematis montana Tetrarose

    An early flowering, deciduous climber, with purple flushed foliage. Bears a profusion of single, rose-pink, scented flowers. Height 5-14m. Spread 2-3m. Flowers from May to June. Deciduous. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis Nelly Moser

    An early, large-flowered climber with green leaves, single mauve flowers with a red bar with red anthers. May also flower again in late summer. Good plant for a north wall. Height 2-3m. Spread 1m. Flowers from May to June. Deciduous. Hardy.

  • Clematis viticella Madame Julia Correvon

    From mid-summer to early autumn, it's covered with rich red flowers with pale pink undersides. Its compact nature makes it an excellent choice for container growing, and well as at the front of the border. A viticella clematis, Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon' shows good resistance to clematis wilt. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy: simply cut stems back to the lowest pair of buds in February or March.

  • Clematis x cartmanii Avalanche

    A climbing or trailing evergreen shrub, with finely divided deep green leaves. Panicles of cup-shaped, pure white flowers, with white anthers. Height 300cm. Spread 50cm. Flowers early spring. Evergreen. Frost hardy in sheltered site. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis x cartmanii White Abundance

    A climbing or trailing evergreen shrub, with finely divided deep green leaves. Panicles of cup-shaped, pure white flowers, with white anthers. Height 300cm. Spread 50cm. Flowers early spring. Evergreen. Frost hardy in sheltered site. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with peat and a suitable fertiliser.

  • Clematis x hybrida Early Sensation

    A climbing or trailing evergreen shrub, with finely divided deep green leaves. Panicles of cup-shaped, pure white flowers, with white anthers. Height 150cm. Spread 50cm. Flowers early spring. Evergreen. Frost hardy in sheltered sunny site.

  • Fallopia aubertii

    Russian Vine. Mile a Minute. A very vigorous, twining climber with heart-shaped green leaves. Clusters of white, pink-tinged, flowers in autumn, followed by small fruit. A useful plant for covering unsightly structures. Height 12m. Flowers from August to September. Hardy.

  • Fallopia baldschuanica

    Russian Vine. Mile a Minute. A very vigorous, twining climber with heart-shaped green leaves. Clusters of white, pink-tinged, flowers in autumn, followed by small fruit. A useful plant for covering unsightly structures. Height 12m. Flowers from August to September. Hardy.

  • Hedera helix Elegantissima

    A vigorous climber with small light to dark grey-green leaves, becoming more yellow with age. Can be grown in shady locations, self clinging. Evergreen. Hardy.

  • Humulus lupinus Aureus

    Hop. A herbaceous perennial climber with bright yellow, deeply lobed leaves. Green then straw-coloured flower spikes in summer. Height 6m. Flowers from July to August. Herbaceous. Hardy.

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