I’ve just returned from three weeks in Europe. I have so many garden adventures to share with you! I am starting with this post about wisteria. Wisteria is a member of the Pea family, Fabaceae (formerly Leguminoseae). The genus was named in honor of an anatomy professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Caspar Wistar (1761-1818). The genus includes ten species of deciduous climbing vines, two native to the southern United States and the others native to eastern Asia.

Wisteria are vigorous, twining vines with wide landscape usage where space permits and gardeners are committed to keeping them in bounds. Among their attributes are hardiness, vigor, longevity and the ability to climb high. They are greatly valued for their large, pendulous flower clusters that occur in the spring.

Wisteria are stunning in bloom. Here I share photographs of wisteria in bloom in Rome, Italy, Villa d’Este, and Paris, France.