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Zoe Christopher

Well the oddest thing happened today a load of trellis made its way to my garden!!! Haha, family had some left over from building some flower beds for our local disabled school and he said I could have the rest since he had no use for it and it was free!! I decided to enclose that whole area... now im not sure if its bit.... tacky? Maybe once my flowers are all over it, itll be nice? Fingers crossed. Today I took a walk over to homebase and there was very very few climber plants, I picked up a clematis rebecca? It had very little information on it plus no assistants around to help me...


so I dont know if ive done right or wrong here but for £6 it doesnt matter.... 

Zoe Christopher
ginagibbs wrote (see)

Good luck Zoe, love your dog bye the way!

Thank you! Her names Halo, my sweet heart

Zoe Christopher
addict wrote (see)

Is it quite shady there Zoe? if so Euonymus radicans argenteo-marginata would grow well there and easily kept to size. Self clinging too so no need for support 

The sun is shining on that wall from about 2pm, it starts on the left hand side (behind breeze block wall) to the right and pretty much stays there shining right in


Hi Zoe, lots of good advice already. I'd suggest the trellis on the wall is the obvious solution and then you can plant some climbers. You can extend that onto the brick wall too and it will all blend in together. Relatively easy and cheap to do.

Grasses will be good round your pond as many are pretty tough and evergreen but more info about aspect and soil will make it easier to make suggestions. Good foliage plants will give cover for wildlife - hostas, astilbes and ferns if there's some shade and ligularias if there's sun. They all like damper soil and look well beside a pond. Have a think about colours that you like too or whether you want more of a little green oasis!

Clematis Rebecca is a beautiful dark red colour with white stamens and grows to about 7 feet high. It is small enough to grow in a container - 2 foot diameter. It likes a sunny or semi-shaded spot.

Its pruning code is 2. It has one big flush of flowers and, if you deadhead them, it will have a second show later on.

Nice doggy



Wow, Zoe, you don't mess around do you? Had to look back at dates on your posts, quick work! I'd be pondering for the next 3 weeks. Well done, can I borrow you to put my ideas into action? It looks good, just wait till it all takes off in next year or so.

Zoe Christopher

This might b a silly question but ive put it right in the corner by telephone pole (another awful thing) I know it wont flower now? But will it keep growing an climbing? Or is it all at a complete stand still? I seriously need to brush up on the gardening jargon lol


It won't do much now Zoe just get its roots in and on there way.

Little rhyme someone told me about plants...1st year they sleep, 2nd year they creep, 3rd year they leap! 

Euonymous won't be any good there too sunny. Not much on the evergreen front that will grow short enough for you. Will have a think  

Zoe Christopher

Thank you! Any suggestions for what I could use now would be brill 

Zoe Christopher

Dunno, never done it before but I'll buy some and let you know! Lol


Rebecca is on that Taylor's Clematis site I sent the link for. If you look on the left, Clematis by name and click on that. Looks a good one.

Zoe Christopher

Busy lizzy yeah I found it on the taylors website after, cant wait for it to grow will look lush 


Hi Zoe you are now a gardener with out dought just keep doing what you think is right there are no rules if it goes wrong start again don't give up, if it look bad move it around plants take time to get there roots growing so dig it up and move it but make sure you water well.Oldchippy.



A mixture of clematis, honeysuckle and jasmine might work on the trellis and a rambling rose or even a wisteria. The pond might support a miniature lily and flag iris and marsh marigold (king cup).

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