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Question: climbing advice
I write to you for advice on which creeper, possibly evergreen, to be planted in the ground in my garden. I live outside Milan and the temperatures can be harsh, my 5 jasmines have been spent, the area is not sunny, morning sun and sunset sun. Thank you very much for helping!
Answer: climbing advice
garden creepers are many, but not all of them have evergreen foliage or decorative flowers; in northern Italy jasmine is usually chosen, because this plant is very rustic and vigorous; but generally with the common term jasmine, in Lombardy, means the trachelospermum jasminoides, also called ricospermo, or ricosperno; it is an evergreen climber, with oval leaves, leathery and shiny, dark, which in spring produces a profusion of small flowers, which are very reminiscent of jasmine, both in shape and in aroma. I consider it unlikely that you have tried to grow trachelospermum, because they are generally very hardy plants that bear frost well and do not have great needs; if instead they are the ones who died, then maybe you have a problem with watering or soil: the only thing that kills the ricosperini is the strong humidity of the soil, and the water stagnation. So if you want to try again with jasmine, make sure they supply you with trachelospermum jasminoides, and remember to water them only in spring and summer, and only when the soil is dry; excessive watering, or provided in winter, and a soil that remains moist for a long time, can bring the plant to death.
Another decidedly vigorous climber is the passionflower, especially the passiflora caerulea; it has large palmate leaves, and beautiful flowers throughout the summer; even the passiflores, despite their exotic and delicate appearance, are very vigorous and resistant climbers. At worst, during very cold winters, it may happen that they lose most of the foliage; which does not happen if the temperatures remain only a few degrees below zero.
Even the bignonia and the wisteria are very resistant, and give you spectacular blooms; unfortunately, however, they lose their foliage in the autumn, when the cold comes, to start producing it again in the spring.
Honeysuckles are very resistant and vigorous climbers, they exist with deciduous leaves and evergreen leaves; in the garden of my house (in Brescia) he laid down a forty-year-old lonicera with a deciduous leaf and a passion flower; over the years, for various reasons, we have been forced to cut the plants at the base and deserter them (my aunt was allergic), I assure you that even today in the garden there is a honeysuckle and a passionflower, sprinkled by the plants that we have tried to eradicate for years.
Pandorea is also a vigorous creeper, except that it blooms little if it does not receive many hours of sunshine a day.