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27/06/2012 at 16:23

I have a new pergola and one of the climbers I would like is a hoya to provide both scent and year round foliage - in view of severity of the last couple of winters, is this a good idea?

Your suggestions for alternative evergreen climbers would be appreciated.

Many thanks.

27/06/2012 at 19:38

I've had one for years but only as an indoor plant. Mine came from an Aunt who had the original in a sunny conservatory, but not sure how they would do outside.

27/06/2012 at 19:51

Have you considered the evergreen winter flowering clematis 'Freckles' ?

28/06/2012 at 10:28

Thank you digging doris and kate 1123 for your replies.   Hoya is off!   I shall take a look at 'Freckles and also trachelospermum jasminoides as suggested by a neighbour; maybe also one or possibly two climbing roses??  I'm hoping to plant herbs and lavender around the base of the pergola which has a seating area - so visions of  warm evenings surrounded by wonderful scents!   Nice to dream......

Thank you once again.


28/06/2012 at 15:35

Trachelospermum jasminoides is a lovely plant - mine is flowering


at the moment and scenting the garden

Pam x

28/06/2012 at 17:07

Pam - your plant is really splendid, I'm definitely getting one! How long will I have to wait to see the same result??


Thank you!

28/06/2012 at 19:57

Our plant is a few years old but garden centres usually sell them when they are about 5' tall

Pam x

28/06/2012 at 21:36

Hoya is definitely a houseplant.

28/06/2012 at 22:33

Though Hoya is a lovely plant, it is a houseplant in this country. Both Clematis Freckles and Trachelospermum are lovely choices. Why not grow both intertwined  I'm assuming it's a sunny spot?  Also Clematis armandii is evergreen, very pretty, early flowering and fragrant

29/06/2012 at 13:15

Thanks everyone for your advice/suggestions - Trachelospermum and 'Freckles' have been ordered from a local nursery together with a climbing rose 'Schoolgirl' that took my fancy!  The pergola gets plenty of sun (when it's available??) - so here's hoping!    I'm told that 'Freckles' has its origins in Sardinia and the Balearics, both places that hold good memories, so the planting will have even more significance!



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