American Climbing Trumpet - an exotic eye-catcher in the garden
Campsis is also known as the American climbing trumpet or trumpet flower. With its large flowers, it looks almost a little exotic. Nevertheless, the trumpet flower is quite easy to care for and is also hardy.
Origin and appearance
These climbing plants originally come from the southern regions of North America. There, climbing trumpets grow preferably in floodplain forests and swamps. Campsis is a strong-growing climber that can climb 3 to 5 m without any climbing aid thanks to its twining shoots and additional adhesive roots. This climbing plant can grow around 80 cm per year.
The exotic-looking, large and trumpet-shaped flowers of these climbing plants enchant the garden from July to September with their splendour of yellow, orange or red. They reach a size of up to 7 cm. The pinnate leaves are also impressive with their size of up to 25 cm.
Climbing trumpet is undemanding and easy to care for
The care of trumpet flowers is quite simple. The climbing plant does not make any special demands on the soil. In normal garden soil, the American trumpet thrives very well. The ideal location is in full sun, but in a sheltered spot.
The American Climbing Trumpet is hardy and sheds its foliage in winter. At most, freshly planted and still young climbing plants need a little protection in the first winter. In summer, it is sufficient if the trumpet flower is only watered during prolonged dry spells.
Pruning to increase the flowering capacity
Since trumpet flowers only develop their new flowers at the end of their new shoots, it makes sense to prune the climbing plant. In this way, the flowering capacity of the Campsis can be increased considerably.
In early spring, the shoots from the previous year are cut back to two remaining pairs of buds. In the course of the vegetation phase, these sprout again vigorously and form particularly large flowers.
Ideal for planting on a pergola or climbing frame
Because of its strong growth, the climbing trumpet is ideal for planting pergolas, trellises or rose bushes in no time at all. Trumpet flowers are also a real feast for the eyes in romantic interiors.
The exotic-looking climbing plant can also be cultivated well in the garden. The plant tolerates pruning well, so that the height of growth can be controlled without any problems, even for plants grown under cover.
Campsis harmonises with many planting partners
Campsis with its decorative large flowers fits perfectly into Mediterranean gardens. But the eye-catching climber also looks good in cottage gardens or rose gardens
The American trumpet flower harmonises particularly well with climbing or shrub roses, the Italian woodland vine, hortensia or bearded flowers
Very beautiful colour accents are created in combination with blue-flowering plant partners. But also in combination with any other flower colour, the large flowers of the climbing trumpet are always an eye-catching accent in the garden.