WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"raise your sights and go vertical!" Perhaps you have an obelisk, tuteur, or trellis just waiting to be festooned with some- thing more permanent. The hardy kiwi is a wonderful twining woody vine with dark green foliage and white flowers with a hint of fragrance. Look for Actinidia arguta 'Issai,' a self-pollinating Japanese cultivar; otherwise two plants are necessary for pollination if you want fruit. The kiwi vine is particularly good for a trellis as the fruits hang below the foliage making them easier to pick. A fast-growing twining perennial climber is Humulus lupulus, the common hop, which has deeply lobed maple-like foliage. The nicest cultivar is 'Aureus' with glowing yellow foliage accom- panied by fragrant, showy chartreuse flowers that mature into cone-shaped fruits, or the hops that are used for brewing beer. It needs a rich soil and prefers some shade as too much sun bleaches the foliage. A vigorous old-fashioned twining climber that is native to the southeastern states but performs well here is Aristolochia durior, the Dutchman's pipe, primarily grown for its dark green heart- shaped foliage. The small flowers are white and mahogany with an unusual fragrance and, like the hops, require a sturdy support. A hardy vine also hailing from the south- east is Passiflora incarnata, the passionflower, which bears lovely pale lavender flowers all summer. Its slightly less hardy cousin, P. caerula, has striking white and blue flowers offset by palmate leaves. Be cautious in the placement of the woody type climbers and 13 resist the temptation to plant them near shingled walls, as many of the woody vines can damage the house exterior. Even if you have a small garden, adding vertical fea- tures will enhance your outdoor space, so raise your sights and go vertical! the green scene RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years work- ing and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@ wellesleywestonmagazine.com. summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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