Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.


The ability to climb and scramble over the ground or other plants is the only characteristic shared by plants in this category.

Wisteria frutescens (L.) Poir.

Fully-hardy tall climber with leaves composed of up to 17 leaflets, and racemes, to 15cm long, of fragrant, pale lilac-purple flowers with a yellow spot, in summer.  [RHSD, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Wisteria sinensis (Sims) Sweet

Fully-hardy, vigorous, twining climber with pinnate leaves, composed of up to 13 leaflets, and dense, pendant racemes, to 30cm, of pea-like, fragrant, lilac-blue to white flowers, in spring and summer.  To 9m or more.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, Hortus].

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