The sky is the limit with vertical gardening

June 13, 2008
More and more gardeners are looking to the sky when it comes to setting up their gardens. Vertical gardening can provide shade, privacy, create depth and is the perfect alternative in cramped balconies or garden plots.

Canadian Gardening magazine asked gardening experts fro their suggestions regarding vertical plants that work in small spaces. Here were their picks:

• Castor bean (Ricinus communis) for its beautiful red flowers.
• Lax-stemmed roses such as “John Cabot” treated as a climber.
• Morning glory (Ipomoea) woven through a colourfully painted (try red or purple) metal trellis.
• Five-leaf akebia (Akebia quinata) for its distinctive foliage and unusual brownish purple flowers.
• Evergreen clematis (Clematis armandii) for year-round interest (but it’s a vigorous grower, so keep it in check).
• Rosemary pruned into a topiary tree form and grown in a pot on a patio. has more on the vertical gardening trend. | READ MORE

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