This lovely plant will cheer you up at the start of the working week.
It’s Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’, an elegant climbing plant from Japan.
It has stunning, long clusters (known as racemes) of fragrant, white flowers that are about 60cm long.
Another good reason to plant it in your garden, is that bees love it, and it’s always good to encourage pollintors into your garden.
This is what you need to know if you’re thinking about buying one for your garden:
- They eventually get very big, up to 12 metres
- Buy a plant that’s been grafted ( you’ll see a grafting bulge at the base of the plant), because seed-grown ones are reluctant to flower.
- They prefer to be planted in well drained fertile soil in sun or part-shade.
- You need to prune them twice a year, although the one pictured here is rather neglected and never gets pruned (obviously it’s not in my garden) but despite the lack of attention, it looks spectacular every year …. it’s one of the things I love about plants, there are rules, but plants often ignore them.
It can be grown in a container and trained as a standard (lollipop shape) if you don’t have much space, and it will look very classy.
The short working week last week, after our 4 day Jubilee weekend has pushed some things back for me, so my regular Friday inspiration became Monday inspiration …. but I reckon it’s nice to have something interesting or lovely see at the begining of the week.
Have a great week.