Climbers with scented blossom for training up walls or pergolas
Scented flowering climbing plants are limited to a few genus; most notably the scented roses and the climbing honeysuckles. But beware, not all species will produce the heady scent that we associate with these classic cottage plants – so best do your homework first in order to avoid disappointment.
The added bonus of providing scent for passers or anyone who has a window open on a summers eve dictates one basic rule when planting, that being if you don’t plant them where you can smell them, well, your missing a trick. Locate a scented climber where it can clamber up over a pergola; near a path is a good idea. Also consider a pot or bed where it can climb up a pergola or fence near a much used patio, or maybe scented climber can be trained into walls near a door or a window where scent can waft into the house.
For added impact why not plant alongside other less scented climbers and allow the two to inter-twine giving you a second show of blossom; also another good trick is to plant a scented climber against the trunk of a small tree. Rambling roses are especially good for this, as the rose will grow through the tree, providing a show of summer blossom and scent when your tree might be going through a boring phase.
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||Shrub, Climber, Container-friendly, Spreading||White flowers (Summer, scented)
||Climber, Spreading||Dark pink flowers (Summer, scented)
||Climber, Container-friendly, Spreading||White flowers (Summer)
||Climber, Spreading||White flowers (Summer early, scented)
|Lonicera X italica||
||Climber, Container-friendly, Spreading||Dark pink flowers (Summer, scented)
||Climber, Spreading|| flowers (, scented)
||Climber, Spreading arching||Dark blue flowers (Summer early)
Sweet pea, Lathyrus
||Herbaceous Flowers, Climber, Container-friendly, Annual/Bulb, Spreading||Violet flowers (Summer, scented)
||Climber, Container-friendly, Spreading||Yellow flowers (Summer, scented)
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