If the rose is the King of Climbers, and Clematis, the Queen, what High Rank must the wisteria hold? Beautiful, fragrant & vigorous – in May and early June, it is surely unsurpassed for sheer Impact.

The Laurels nursery, near Cranbrook in Kent, specialises in Wisteria (and birch) and featured in The Garden magazine recently (else The English Garden or Gardens Illustrated, or even Gardeners’ World) and while I am woolly-headed about these details, they are The Experts.


While you rootle about their website, I will simply provide a few photographs to get you seriously thinking about planting one of these spicily fragrant climbers.

At Pembroke Lodge, within Richmond Park

On the long, very long, pergola at Nymans


Also at Nymans, overlooking the surrounding woodland


White flowered, at Hatchlands Park


and white flowered, again, billowing from a house on Ham Common


Lavender blue at Hatchlands, also, a National Trust property near Guildford.

For information on pruning, see the RHS website at


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