Campsis 'Indian Summer'
Chinese trumpet vine
- available to order from late summer
- 3 litre pot
- Standard £4.95
This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately-fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A spectacular sight when in full bloom, this fast-growing climber also has attractive foliage, so it still looks lush and green when not in bloom. The trumpet-shaped flowers are a tropical-looking shade of peachy orange, and they appear in clusters in late summer and autumn. It looks great when trained over a sunny, sheltered wall or fence - and will need lots of space to spread out.
- Garden care: Until the plant has fully established, the shoots need to be trained and tied to a trellis or framework of horizontal wires. In February or March prune the sideshoots to within three or four buds of the permanent framework of the plant. It's happiest when grown on a warm, sunny wall where it can be protected from hard frosts.