Wisteria x venusta Grande Diva Barbara
Wisteria x venusta Grande Diva Barbara

Wisteria x venusta Grande Diva Barbara



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A beautiful deciduous climber, the Wisteria venusta ‘Grande Diva Barbara’ bears a mass of pinnate leaves that boast an almost velvety texture. The seed pods that emerge in autumn eventually produces a vast number of strongly fragranced lavender and white flowers, hanging from the woody branches in graceful pendants. 


When Wisteria were introduced to Britain in 1816 they took the country by storm. John Reeves, Chief Inspector of Tea in Canton, saw the climber growing in a merchant’s garden and took cuttings. Since then both Chinese and Japanese Wisteria have been highly prized for their remarkable beauty and scent.

  • Flowers: May - June
  • Well drained, light soil
  • South or west facing
  • Full sun, partial shade

It is crucial to prune Wisteria to optimise flowering, this should be done twice a year. Because it is such a vigorous plant, ensure that you have allowed enough space and solid support in the form of a wall with firm wires, pergolas or sturdy trellises that will support the weight of the mature plant.

The Spring Garden