An impractical good choice of Wisteria

If one is going to do something  impractical like purchase a wisteria, at least purchase a native wisteria like Wisteria macrostachya, sometimes referred to as the Kentucky wisteria.

Why is it impractical?

This is a woody vine that grows up to 25 feet so it will need some support, some strong support. 

I've just about figured out how I'm going to provide that support.  I need a bit of lumber, some strong nails.

In fact, I've figured out enough about the support to convince myself to go ahead and plant the wisteria.   So I planted it.

Now I've just got to finish building that support before the wisteria really gets growing.

Comments

  1. What a beauty. It is worth all the extra effort of a sturdy support.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Or you could try growing it as a small standard tree. Although I've never tried it (no room) I've seen a few here in the UK. You'll need a solid post for the trunk and the head will need to be kept small until the trunk has thickened enough to support the weight - but the end result can be quite spectacular - and very different.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wisteria is never a bad choice...as long as you pay attention and take care of it! But that is true of many plants. I think you will get many years of enjoyment from your purchase.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Carol, A landscape designer friend recently wrote on wisteria. I think you would find the resulting discussion and comments interesting. (http://melissaclarkphotography.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/wisteria-wild-or-wonderful/). I concluded that a native wisteria was probably worthy of consideration though I would never plant chinese wisteria again.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I dearly love this wisteria. I have its cousin, 'Amethyst Falls' too. Not only are they not as aggressive, they also bloom later and thus far, have avoided our late freezes. So pretty. ~~Dee

    ReplyDelete
  6. So pretty! I like the idea of training it into a tree, too.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wisteria is just beautiful. It can definitely be trained into a tree form by braiding the vines and staking it...just wrote a post about it on my blog. I trained a vine into a tree and now have magnificent fragrant blooms every spring.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I thought I could plant a bouganvilla against my fence and it turned out to be a bad idea. Wisteria is lovely draping over a strong support (as is bouganvilla) but it needs to be very strong.... I do like the standard tree idea...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I was going to suggest growing it as a standard, too! The Cleveland Botanical garden has a few, and they were spectacular this winter. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I was going to suggest growing it as a standard, too! The Cleveland Botanical garden has a few, and they were spectacular this winter. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for hosting GBBD!
    I like your Clematis integrifolia very much, I think I have one in my garden too! But mine does not bloom yet, Germany is a little bit colder it seems!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments are to a blog what flowers are to a garden. Sow your thoughts here and may all your comments multiply as blooms in your garden.

Though there is never enough time to respond to each comment individually these days, please know that I do read and love each one and will try to reciprocate on your blog.

By the way, if you are leaving a comment just so you can include a link to your business site, the garden fairies will find it and compost it!