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Climbing on the terrace


Question: what flowering plants can I grow on the terrace?


Hello everyone, I follow your column, I ask you for advice, I have a terrace where in the morning until 13.00 it is exposed to the sun, I have a corner on the wall where for several years I tried to grow different types of rampant roses with negative results, I would like to put a perennial climbing plant that makes flowers you can give me some advice, I have heard that there are ivies that make flowers and are very resistant, I await your kind reply, a greeting and thanks

Climbing on the terrace: Answer: flowering creepers in vase


Dear Fabrizia,
It is probable that your roses are not able to develop at their best due to the low insolation, or the vase in which you try to cultivate them is too small; when we cultivate a shrub that is generally grown in the ground in pots, we must always consider that the space for the root apparatus must be commensurate with the space we wish to occupy by the shrub itself, especially if it is a climber: more space we have for the root apparatus and more branches the plant will produce.
So if you want to grow a potted climbing plant, whatever it is, you will need to have a nice large vase, or surely in a few years your plant will suffer to deteriorate very conspicuously, producing scarce ramifications and scarce blooms.
So, if you want you can try again with roses, which tend to grow well in a vase, but by getting yourself a large tub, to be filled with a good fresh soil, of excellent quality, lightened with a little sand or pumice stone in granules; remember that, although some shrubs need little care if placed in the ground, it is not said that the siblings of these shrubs behave in the same way, so once placed in a pot: in the pot the plants need more careful and regular care , as they cannot enlarge their root system in search of water, air or mineral salts; you will have to guarantee the right watering and fertilizing, without forgetting them for months, but also without overdoing them.
If you have decided to change or the roses have tired you, there are some flowering vines that are well suited to be grown in pots.
The first and most widespread is the trachelospermum jasminoides, the Latin name is a bit scary, but it is not a monster, often found in the nursery as an evergreen jasmine: it is a vigorous climber and resistant to cold and heat, with a beautiful dark and leathery foliage, which for the whole summer produces a cascade of small white flowers, similar to jasmines, very fragrant. It is a climber recommended also for beginners or those who have the "black thumb", because it develops even in not entirely ideal conditions.
Among the flower creepers I also remember the solanum jasminoides, with delicate foliage, with small white star-shaped flowers throughout the summer, a little less rustic than the trachelospermum.
Also the passiflora produces beautiful flowers, so rustic that it often becomes almost intrusive, it survives even in non-ideal conditions and with little care.
I do not recommend ivy, especially if you want a flowering plant, as the ivy flowers are in no way interesting, or abundant, or showy.