A job done well: Pandorea pandorana ‘Snowbells’

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If you need a reliable, quick growing climber to screen or cover an area, that attracts birds and bees and generally looks healthy and flowers profusely… well then what do you think of Pandorea pandorana ‘Snowbells’?

This is form of Pandora produces masses of snowy white trumpet-like flowers in late winter and early spring, attracting birds and bees alike.

The fence in the image above has a few Pandorea ‘Snowbells’ planted along its 15 metre frontage. The entire picket fence is covered with the flower dripping vine, look at the spent flowers on the footpath and it is still producing!

Most Pandoreas grow well in heavy shade, this one is planted on the south side of the house so only receives half day sun, they also perform in full sun provided they have a cool root run and moist soil. Basically they are very hardy!

There are many colours of Pandora pandorana, but I do like the simplicity and purity of ‘Snowbells’, the creamy white constrasts beautifully with the glossy dark green leaves and would light up a dark corner.

Pandora ‘Snowbells’ would grow well as a ground cover too, just be aware of its rather advanced capabilities as a climber…don’t plant it too close to large shrubs or trees as it will readily scale them and become difficult to control from the upper canopy. However, kept in check and pruned when needed this climber is extremely useful and hardy, goodbye boring fences!


9 responses to “A job done well: Pandorea pandorana ‘Snowbells’”

  1. Aldo Sesta

    Hi Kath
    Is that just the one plant and how long do you think it took to establish like that?

  2. Barbara Foster

    Absolutely love your photos.

    We’re thinking of starting a Pandorea Lady Di hedge in Albury, NSW and would like to know how many plants would be best to fill in 3.2m space? Also how much fragrance do the various Pandoreas have as my nose is bothered by heavily fragranced plants (ie gardenia or murraya). Is one variety better than another?

    Thank you for your help.


    1. Kath Gadd

      Thanks Barbara,

      To be honest 1 plant would fill a 3.2m space, however if you are very impatient you could plant 2 😉
      The flowers are not heavily perfumed more of a light honey scent when you stick your nose up them,

      Best Wishes,


    2. Dianne

      It’s pandora snowballs toxic to animals and children.
      I want to plant this in a childcare centre

  3. Eva Zovko

    Hi, is this ok to plant along a garage wall, we are worried about damage to the concrete slab?

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Eva,

      It would depend how wide the garden bed was, if there was plenty of room in the front for the root system it should be fine,


  4. Lisa S

    Hi. Would this flower in an area that only gets 1-3 hours of sunshine (only in the morning)?

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Lisa,

      It should do, Pandorea pandorana is a rainforest plant in its native habitat, so its well adapted to shady positions.

      All the best,

  5. Andrea Shelley

    Is this plant fire resistant. I’m looking for ideas for my garden.

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