The Chinese call Campsis radicans ‘The Climbing to Heaven Plant.’

But that could be true of any climber.

Of course, in small gardens climbers do make sense.

It is often two plants for one, space for space.

It is also much , much more.

Here, Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ clambers up through a young Himalayan Birch:

Its large, flamboyant, bronze foliage contrasts well with the minute birch leaves and is so exposed to the sun that it becomes translucent.

Living, moving, stained glass:

It is like seeing a whole vintage suspended in the air:

And most of all, that wonderful upward movement, which climbers make, links us to the sky and all that that means for us.