Drought tolerant climbing plants
Hose pipe bans, scorching hot summers and preservation of water as a scarce resource shouldn’t stop you from growing some truly beautiful climbing plants that will enliven your garden and your senses. Drought tolerant climbing plants are perfect for adding vertical ascent in gardens on sandy soils that are prone to drying out, spots in full sun with no shade throughout the day, or simply gardens in the south of England that are generally hotter and drier. Climbing plants are particularly valuable in smaller gardens where they can deliver masses of beautiful flowers and foliage, given their inclination to grow vertically on a small lateral footprint. Campsis, or trumpet honeysuckle, makes a great choice for dry gardens on sandy soil, producing masses of beautiful, trumpet-shaped flowers with a tropical appearance in shades of pinks, oranges and yellows. Jasmine climbing plants are another popular choice with their distinctive white flowers and richly scented perfume, well suited to growing over a shed, porch, arbour, outbuilding or even to cover unsightly old tree stumps. Passion flower climbing plants are perhaps the most exotic choice with their fragrant white flowers, flushed with purple blue and pink shades and plenty of orange-yellow egg-shaped fruit.