Of course here roses wouldn't have "a snowflakes chance in hell" of surviving. So the job of 'rambling' has to be done by other plants.
And to paraphrase another saying, 'One man's house plant is another man's garden plant'. This thread is to show some of the potential of a number of the vining/climbing/epiphytic aroids which some people are used to seeing as house plants and others have as garden plants.
They are a bit like kids kept indoors - confined, subdued, looking longingly out of the windows.
But when released into the outdoors they explode into a riot of fun and activity. Except, no noise! What a blessing!
So here's some photos of my rampant Aroids, not in any particular order other than the sequence they were taken.
The first is Philodendron erubescens, a reasonably fast grower but not overwhelmingly so. Once it clumps up on a tree trunk it looks quite nice.
Second isn't a fast grower but is still moves along. Can't remember it's name, I think it was something like Philo. "Black Knight", but don't quote me on that.
Next is Golden Pothos, my second most prolific rambler. The tall trees in the photo are between 20 to 25 metres tall, the Pothos is up around the 18 to 20 metre height and still moving up. In the fore ground are 2 palms with their trunks entirely covered with it.
Then there's Syngonium, my most invasive one although it doesn't get up as high as the Pothos. This is a young plant with juvenile leaves. Later the leaves become more palmate.
This first photo shows what happens when Syngonium is ignored. The tree trunk (Swamp Mahogany) is completely covered by the stems and roots of the Syngonium.
Here's a mature Syngonium with adult leaves.
Then Philodendron tenue. Not a fast grower but the leaves get quite large. This is still a young plant.
Next is Philodendron pedatum. When first bought, it was a much darker colour but growing in a lot of shade seems to have made it paler. The stems and petioles are sort of furry. Looks quite good. Still in its pot but once it puts out a lot of roots by-passing the pot I'll cut it off and move the pot to another place so it can start a new one.
A small Philodendron erubescens getting a hold on a Ficus.
Pothos again, making good progress on a tree trunk.
A native Epipremnum pinnatum from Queensland. You can see the juvenile leaves right up the top of the photo and the adult leaf at the bottom. This is another I'll cut off from the pot and get a new one going somewhere else.
Kay, apparently everyone is using the same system now, because it starts from a base zone 1 from which there is no climate lower. But at the top it's open ended. We're 12 or 13 here, although we're going through one of our coldest winters ever, so this year it'll be 12 for sure and not higher. For Palm Zones we're 5b which is the Lipstick Zone.
And when the Pothos is up high it drops down long runners which on reaching the ground take off looking for other trees to take over.
The taller the plant the larger the leaves. So you only get a close up view of big leaves when they eventually fall. This one is 73 centimetres along the mid rib.
This side of the palm trunk is Amydrium zippelanum. When the plant is on ground level it sends out thin runners which sprout a few leaves along the way, probably to provide an extra bit of nourishment for the runners. When they find a suitable tree they go up and then establish a mature plant. Seems an adaptation to a plant falling with a dead tree then having to find a new tree to grow on.
A Syngonium taking over a small termite mound. They're not particular, they'll climb on anything. One of my water tanks has Syngonium all over the sides.
An Epipremnum with some Syngonium growing through it. I'm not sure but the Epipremnum might also be a pinnatum, but different variety to the Australian native one.
Philodendron lacerum. I had a huge one on a Coconut, but a couple of years ago lightning hit the Coconut (plus 5 others nearby) cooking them all and the Philo. Luckily I had a few other plants around the place and have put more cuttings around as insurance against further lightning strikes.
And Syngonium again. This area will probably have to be cleared out a bit as it will end up smothering other plants.
After having uploaded all those and tried to make sure text lined up with photos, I realise there's some I've left out. Perhaps another day. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoy growing them (or really, letting them grow themselves).
It's been a while since I've got to visually tour your garden Zig but I sure have enjoyed it and it appears that they all are still thriving. I do believe the one you are calling "Little Monster" is actually a Rhaphidophora and may be tetrasperma. I will look forward to viewing any more photos you would like to add and I hope your Winter months are being kind.