Parthenocissus quinguefolia and Clematis vitalba. Photo by Tony Garn

Parthenocissus quinguefolia and Clematis vitalba

Plant selection and harmonious plant associations are often talked about, rarely achieved. Covering the gabion baskets in the nursery is an intertwined partnership; Parthenocissus quinquefolia and Clematis vitalba. The Clematis, a mass of seed heads with a sprinkling of late flowers. The Parthenocissus taking on brightness with foliage of autumn tints. All growth successfully covering the industrial bank that is formed from gabion basket full of rock. These are the wire mess squares often seen retaining and strengthening motorway banking. In the nursery they act to retain a bank where a change in level occurs.