Suggestions for Climbers

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Elaine G

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Suggestions for Climbers
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:27 »
I have unexpectedly  :D found myself with a long stretch of north facing fence.

I would appreciate any suggestions as to what to plant to make it look more cheerful. I especially would like to know if anyone can suggest anything evergreen! We don't want any more ivy or mile a minute vine thank you - next door provide enough of that to keep us busy!

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Elaine
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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 14:06 »
I've got several clematis on my north facing fence, chosen from this list, but bought cheaper elsewhere ;)
https://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk/clematis.html?bspect=115
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There are some evergreen ones, but I'm not sure they like to be North-facing as well  :unsure:
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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 15:25 »
A couple of rose that do well on North facing walls are Mme. Alfred Carriere, and James Galway - both beautifully scented, with even the leaves on Mme. Alfred Carriere having scent, with lovely pale cream to white flowers with just a hint of a blush.  James Galway always carries masses of graduated pink flowers and is a healthy rose, again scented.

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 15:19 »
A climbing Hydranga ?  Mrs Bouquet
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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2018, 15:58 »
I've got a Honeysuckle Mint Crisp at home and it's amazing... The scent is really something else

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/162469/Lonicera-japonica-Mint-Crisp-(PBR)-(v)/Details

and it's evergreen

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Elaine G

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 21:06 »
Thank you very much everyone for your excellent suggestions.

mumofstig I am still poring the lovely clematis selection - the ones you chose are lovely.
I quite like the idea of a honeysuckle and a climbing hydrangea too.
As for the roses, well OH isn't keen on roses, but I have been working on that! It may have helped when I said Mme. Alfred Carriere was practically thornless.
We have only just started digging out the remaining roots - it was a row of conifers with assorted weeds - so the other question I should have asked was is it too late to plant them this year.

Thanks again for all your help
Elaine

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 23:27 »
You've got all of winter to plant bare-root plants, don't forget to add some compost/manure and perhaps, if you think the soil is really poor, also use some Rootgrow when planting them.

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 14:17 »
Some evergreen shrubs will grow up as climbers if they have a support such as Euonymus which has different coloured leaves (mine's half-way up an old apple tree), and Pyracantha which has different coloured berries but is rather thorny and am not sure if total shade will suit it.
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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 14:43 »
Just one final suggestion for an evergreen climber - how about a star jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides).  It's a very well behaved that will make a good sized plant without being a thug, which is covered in star shaped white flowers for a long period through the summer and it smells absolutely heavenly.

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 15:48 »
Just one final suggestion for an evergreen climber - how about a star jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides).  It's a very well behaved that will make a good sized plant without being a thug, which is covered in star shaped white flowers for a long period through the summer and it smells absolutely heavenly.
Would that work on a North-facing fence? I thought it needed a sunny/sheltered location to do well..

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Re: Suggestions for Climbers
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 15:49 »
I have two in my garden, one facing south and one facing north, and both seem to do well.  Location could make a difference, and I'm in Worcestershire, so it probably wouldn't do as well further North.



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