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02/11/2013 at 09:22

Looking for my first climbers up a 5ft fence running 30ft across.would love to mix loads of climbers,any ideas?

02/11/2013 at 09:56

Got to have some clematis - loads to choose from.

and how about an ivy for an evergreen backdrop - good for wildlife

02/11/2013 at 10:04

I was going to suggest clematis too, or you could have a rambling rose or even mix the two. Or Jasmine or honeysuckle.  Lovely perfumes. 

02/11/2013 at 10:11

I have a similar fence - we have several clematis of types that flower at different times of the year, two honeysuckles - a Graham Thomas and  a Belgica and I'm planning on a couple of climbing or rambling roses (when I've made a bit of planting space by moving some of the perennials into the new bed I'm going to create at the front of the house).

02/11/2013 at 11:18

Cotty1000.... how much wildlife do you want to encourage. Obviously there are lots of berry bearing hedge type plants, including Pyracantha ( watch out for vicious spines), cotoneaster and holly. Grown as a hedge you will get lots of birds nesting and feeding. 

If you go for clematis and roses you will be pruning and cutting back to get the max. flowerpower. However this may be at the expense of the wildlife, albeit much prettier.

If you really want a wildlife hedge plant hedgerow plants, including bramble. fruit for the birds and crumble for you.

( p.s. don't forget to think long term. will you need to trim the hedge on the fence side as well as the front, do you need to get behind it for any reason?)


02/11/2013 at 11:36

Jasmine "Fiona Sunrise" has really pretty tellow leaves.

02/11/2013 at 14:13

Would a Virginia creeper,climbing hydrangea,clematis and a climbing rose look good?

Which ones have autumnal flowers or leaves?

02/11/2013 at 16:27

The first 2?

02/11/2013 at 22:23
How about a Rambling Rector or a Himalayan Musk rose with a couple of clematis mixed in to contrast colours and have a longer flower season.
If I had to choose one plant on its own it would be clematis Armandii , they take a couple of years to establish , but are vigorous and have a long flowering season and lovely evergreen foliage.
02/11/2013 at 23:33

Clem armandii can be a bit fussy. In particular they don't like draughts.... a

bit like me....

03/11/2013 at 07:52

I think that Rambling Rector or Paul's Himalayan Musk are too vigorous for a 5ft  fence

they'll easily grow to 20ft and as they flower on oldgrowth  would need constant and  careful attention to keep them within bounds and retain the flowering wood. 

Lots of ideas for climbing roses here


08/11/2013 at 17:04

Everyone assumes the fence faces south and is getting plenty of sun.  I just want to check the possibility that it isn't.  When you say your fence runs east to west do you mean east on the left and west on the right as you look at it ie. its north facing?

08/11/2013 at 20:34

I think the plants that surprised me the most this year were a verbena, the buddleja (my partner hates them, but I can't help but admire them), an oxalis, and the hops.

The hops shot up out from nowhere, and covered a rather ugly chicken coop completely, and are only now dying back.  I think they die back to the ground, so no winter cover.  In the summer they can get a little out of control, but you can easily trim them back.

Hops provide a stunning green blanket from spring to late summer.  I'm not sure if a solid fence would provide adequate ventilation (?).  Ours were happy on an east/west mesh with complete coverage on both the north and south sides.

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