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Wisteria Sinensis prolific — 47 Comments

  1. Hello! I’m so glad to have found your blog. I used to travel to Aberdeen about 3 or 4 times a year when I was representing oil companies which had rigs not too far offshore. The most magic moments were when, after it had rained, the city literally sparkled under the sun as it hit the granite homes and buildings. I loved every minute of it.

  2. Alistair – That wisteria is magnificent. Have you been successful in taking cuttings from wisteria. I’m trying to grow cuttings from mine, but it’s not working.

    Thanks for showing us Johnston Gardens. Hope you don’t get a man from the town council knocking on your door!

  3. Alistair, like you, I do enjoy our wisteria. And while the American wisteria is a little better behaved, there is nothing like those long clusters of flowers on the Chinese wisteria for beauty. Yours are breathtaking, as are the photos of the Johnston Gardens. What a gorgeous place to bring a book, a picnic, or just take a walk. And so sad that as you say, most people scarcely know it exists…..

  4. We always go to Duthie Park to walk the dog. I’ve yet to get into the Winter gardens there (always got the dog in tow). I have never heard of Johnston Gardens. It looks stunning! The secret is out.

  5. Alistair, There are two species of American wisteria. You could try growing your clematis over the outside of a wisteria planted behind it. I like to have two vines in every place. To Bag, wisteria is quite easy to transplant from the “wild” where it (unfortunately) seeds invasively. Love the park, you are so lucky to have such a treasure right in your city. Carolyn

    • Hi Carolyn, Cathy has quite correctly also brought it to my attention regarding the American Wisteria. New stuff to learn every day, I love it. Yes, planting the Wisteria along with the Clematis may well be a solution.

  6. Your pic of the wisteria is enough to entice anyone into growing it! The pics of Johnston garden are absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe so many don’t know about it. It should be a favorite!

  7. There is a lovely wisteria in the courtyard at the little hotel here. Not in our garden, it is a huge daunting plant,thank you! But the flowers appeal so much, I knitted my mother a cotton jacket with trusses of wisteria on it.

    • Thanks Donna, very interesting posts, I see she is an American living in Scotland. Aberdeen was thronging with Americans in the 70s with the oil boom, they never complained about the weather, makes me wonder what we are always moaning about.

  8. Wow, wow, it has been my favorite the first time i saw it in Sweden. It was climbing a 2-storey building and magnificently trained. Then i saw it again in Turkey but even not trained is producing lots of flowers too. In fact, i learned its ID only thru blogging. I talked to a nursery owner here once and said we have wisteria here in the tropics. I did not believe her as i thought it is only for the cold climes. I haven’t researched it though.

  9. Hi Alistair, I used to have a wisteria vine at our first home, which was a small townhouse. It must have liked life where I planted it because it did very well and bloomed almost immediately. It even survived our miserable winters. I have not found a place for a wisteria at our present home, but it is a lovely vine and I would like to have one here.
    Johnston Park and your photos of it are just beautiful!

  10. Ive always loved wisteria ever since I saw them in one of those Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. Loved their cascading flowers and their lovely colours of purple, white and pink. I wish they can be grown here in the tropics, how lovely they would drape my pergola!

  11. Hi Alistair, sorry, but am sticking to my thing of always visiting the blog of anyone who comments on mine 😉 I love wisteria, but have always baulked at the need to be so disciplined in the pruning to get it to flower well. My health issues mean I try to stick to things more tolerant of neglect, but there again, FIL loves to prune, so maybe in our next garden… If there is a south facing wall…

  12. Hi Alistair – planted Wisteria 2 years ago but something ate it and this year it has lots of healthy foliage but no flowers. Must get the hang of the pruning but then I wonder how others manage the giants I’ve seen around in parks and gardens. I would keep Johnston Gardens a secret too – don’t want to spoil the beautiful quiet of such a spot.

  13. Is the chinese wisteria self clinging, could it creep up my houses gable end? Im looking for a clinging self climber that flowers but not ivy…

    • Emma, the Wisteria is not self clinging, it does require support. Hydrangea Petiolaris is my favourite self clinging climber. It is best in a shaded or semi shade position, it wont thrive in full sun.

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