Stunning Wisteria Garden Plants
The long purple flowers of wisteria garden plants are the stuff garden dreams are made of and growers will wait patiently for years just to see them for the first time. A member of the pea family, Wisteria garden plants are deciduous climbers with pea like flowers in colours of white, pink, lilacs and blues. They can be grown as trees but their flowers are best seen trailing down a wall or hanging from an arch or pergola. When growing on a wall try to encourage a main stem and use strong lengths of wire on which to train the branches. The two species mainly grown in Ireland are W. floribunda which comes from Japan and W. sinensis, a native of China. Both species are tough but W. sinensis tends to flower earlier than W. Floribunda and can be affected by late winter frosts. Wisteria sinensis does however grow taller and can produce a second flush of flowers in late summer, in those years when we do get a summer!
When growing wisteria garden plants, taking time to select the planting site and prepare the planting hole will contribute to the long-term health and success of the shrub. Wisteria blooms best in full sun, at least six hours a day — but the more the better. A spot that gets good drainage and has a loamy humus-rich soil texture is ideal. Wisteria thrives in slightly acidic soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. This climbing vine also requires a trellis structure to support its growth.