This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A native species of North America, this is a more compact form than its Chinese and Japanese cousins. This makes it ideally suited for large pots, which can be placed under pergolas or arches to transform them into a charming feature, well-suited to a cottage garden. If the garden is large enough, then plant them out against the wall of a house for an incredible late spring and summer display. Its dense clusters of lilac-blue flowers seem to drip from its twining stems and they emit a delicious fragrance, so make sure you plant it near a seating area or entrance if you can.