Suggestions For Climbers - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
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Question by JW2263
July 27, 1998
Can you suggest a climbing, flowering plant that would do well in a cool, mild climate. Winters here are 45-50L, 55-60H, and summers are 55L, 65-75H (except autumn, which can be much warmer). I'd like something that will grow, and hopefully bloom, all year. With the fog and moderately strong afternoon ocean winds, even July afternoons can be chilly. Someone suggested star jasmine as a possibility, but the location is an exposed, southwest-facing window box & trellis, and it may be too cool. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
July 27, 1998
For your sunny, but exposed trellis, try Distictis (Trumpet Vine) Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine), Stephanotis floribunda, Star Jasmine, or Cape Honeysuckle. Each of these plants should survive your coolish temperatures and tolerate the windy conditions.

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