Whether cultivated to festoon the eaves of a stately manor, allowed to twine a wooden fence along a country lane, or gathered into fresh arrangements, wisteria offers languid beauty wherever it is found.
A vigorous bloomer, wisteria dazzles with grape-like clusters of flowers in shades from white and pink to lilac and bluish purple. The genus thrives in fertile soil and full sun but generally will tolerate conditions that are less than ideal. The burly vines can be trained to clamber up walls, pergolas, or other sturdy supports.
Despite the plant’s hardiness in its natural environment, special care must be taken once it has been cut. Splitting woody stems, untangling blossoms, and removing most of the foliage will allow for better water absorption. If fragile tendrils break, showcase their delicate charm in posies.
When wisteria reaches the peak of radiance—from late spring to early summer in most regions—let its lush cascades and intoxicating fragrance inspire a memorable celebration.
Text Melissa Lester
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele & Jane Hope