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I want to plant passiflora Constance Elliott on a new wooden arbour we have built. Will this (I am told) hardy plant survive the cold winter in Dorset? It looks lovely and apparently smells good. Any advice gratefully received.



This one's classed as H4/H3 in hardiness terms, which means hardy to frost tender. Not sure I'd risk planting it out at this time of year, have you got somewhere you can overwinter it and plant out next Spring? In your part of the world, in a very sheltered spot in a normal British winter, it would probably survive, but if we got an arctic blast like last year, I'm not sure it would.

24 Aug, 2011


Thank you bamboo. I have not bought it yet so will get it in the spring. Do you have any ideas as to what woul compliment it best? There are four posts to plant up.

24 Aug, 2011


Akebia quinata would provide a complete contrast in both leaf and flower form. Evergreen cover with fragrant white flowers from Trachelospermum jasminoides (plant in Spring) although this one can be slightly more tender than the Akebia, needs a sheltered situation. Perhaps a couple of Clematis from different prune groups, such as The President and Jackmanii or Etoile Violette.

24 Aug, 2011

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