Head Gardener’s Wisteria Tips


Wisteria - Hever Castle

The wisteria is flowering at Hever Castle adding a delicate purple tinge to the gardens. This lovely twining climber is on the exterior of the Castle, and in the Italian Garden. Did you know that the wisteria on the pergola of the Italian Garden is over 120 years old!

Wisteria - Hever Castle

Head Gardener’s Wisteria Tips

  • There are two species of wisteria, the Chinese and Japanese. The stems of the Chinese variety twine anticlockwise and flowers appear before the foliage. The Japanese variety has larger flowers and the stems twine clockwise, with the flowers appearing at the same time as the foliage.
  • Grow wisteria in a sunny or semi-shaded site in any moist, well-drained soil.
  • Wisteria can take up to seven years to flower, but may flower in less time.
  • Always purchase a grafted wisteria rather than a seed grown one as the latter can take up to 20 years to flower, if you are lucky!
  • Wisteria requires pruning twice a year – once in February, pruning back to 3-4 buds, and then again in July/August when cutting back the whippy shoots will encourage flowering spurs.

Find out more about the stunning Hever Castle gardens.

Wisteria - Hever Castle

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