Self-clinging climbing plants

There are two main types of true climbing plants - self-clinging and twining varieties. Self-clinging climbers naturally adhere to the climbing surface using aerial roots or adhesive pads. Ivy (Hedera), Hydrangea Petiolaris and Campsis have aerial roots, while varieties such as Virginia Creeper have adhesive pads along the stems. In contrast, twining climbers like honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria and clematis grow by wrapping or twining their stems around poles, wires and trellis. The main benefit of self-clinging climbers is they’ll cover a large area, clinging to walls or woodwork, without needing a support structure. Just keep in mind some self-clinging varieties are fast growing and will need to be kept in check to prevent them becoming invasive. If you're growing a self-clinging climber against a wall or fence, establish whether it is north, south, east or west facing. This will dictate how much sunlight your plant will receive and whether it's likely to be warmer or cooler. East facing walls will receive some sunlight in the morning but will be cast into shadow for the afternoon. South and west-facing walls receive sunlight throughout the day, making them warmer and brighter.

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