When we were searching for a house we saw one that had the most amazing wisteria covered terrace. The stem (I want to say trunk) was so thick I thought the plant must be hundreds of years old. I know now that they grow so quickly that 100 years was probably unlikely.
I so wanted to buy that house! But it had far too many problems so our search continued. This house didn’t have a terrace let alone a wisteria covered one so my first design plan was to put up a pergola around the house with a wide enough terrace and to plant wisteria!
The brick pillars had hardly been finished before I was at the nursery selecting the plants. W. ‘prolific’ for the pillars at the front and white wisteria for the east side (these struggled to begin with as they get the full force of the NE wind) but now the plants are more mature they are flowering well, a little later than ‘Prolific’ but that spreads the enjoyment so no complaint about that.
Every year after pruning back to the two prescribed buds I anxiously wait as the buds swell and the first colour shows.
This year it is better than ever; every wire is covered and the perfume when standing under the flowers is almost overpowering.