Scientific name: Wisteria floribunda .spp.
Common Name: Royal Purple
Full sun or shade? Can be grown in all day sun.
Wisteria floribunda ‘Royal Purple’ produces tresses of long pea-like flowers which bloom in late spring up until the early summer months. Their flowers have a sweet fragrance and can extend up to 25 – 40cm long! Once the flowers have finished, hard cased pods will appear which will contain large flat round seeds which can be collected once dry for sowing. The vibrant green foliage appears as the flowers begin to finish. The lush pinnate leaves are equally as beautiful as the flowers and can be a real highlight in the garden. This climber is also a very long lived vine which can be expected to last you decades if left to grow in the correct conditions. They can grow between 8 – 10 metres long. For such a vigorous plant it is advised that pruning each year during their dormant periods, winter, is best. Another benefit to pruning is that it will encourage not only a stronger plant and nice shape, it will promote the plant to produce even more flowers in the following year. You can grow almost any Wisteria variety along a fence line/walls, on a pergola, garage and even an old barn like mine. If you are looking for a statement vine which will give you lots of flowers, lush foliage and a talking point for the garden, try growing a Wisteria.
Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs