The trumpet creeper is a climbing shrub from North America, especially Canada. It is a very resistant to pests and plant diseases, and because its flowers are of a bright scarlet color, it is widely cultivated in gardening.
Etymologically the trumpet creeper is dedicated to Abbot Bignon (1662-1743), librarian of King Louis XIV of France. This powerful monarch is primarily responsible for the creation, near Paris, of one of the largest palace gardens of Europe, Versailles. His infinite perspectives are a symbol of the amplitude of the domains of Louis XIV, plus the theater of his absolute sovereignty. He was patron of the arts and sciences, known as the Sun King, was surrounded by a court of wise men like Bignon, who used their knowledge as part of the propaganda of aggrandizement of the king. Versailles defines a key typology in the history of European gardening, called French garden, known for its powerful geometric perspectives that streamline the natural environment, its majesty and its scenic orientation. The botanical expeditions undertaken after Louis XIV in France during the eighteenth century will further enrich ornamental catalog of the gardens of the French court.