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17/03/2014 at 15:53

Hi there.  I don't know whether anyone can help, or whether I am looking for the impossible!  Anyone like a challenge?

At the bottom of my west-facing garden is a field, but most of the view is obscured by a large and ugly dutch barn immediately behind my wall.  At its highest point the barn is 5-6 metres high.  The previous owner planted conifers to obscure the barn but I want to get rid of these as they take up too much space, light and moisture.  What I would like to do is install trellis above the wall and plant some vigorous evergreen climbers to provide the screening.

So my question is this: can anyone recommend options for a vigourous evergreen climber that will reach 5 metres as quickly as possible, provide good coverage and will tolerate an east-facing aspect with limited direct sunlight (early morning sun being obscured by the house).  I am tempted by clematis armandii but have read conflicting advice on its shade tolerance; also the position can be a little exposed to wind.  I did also wonder about a honeysuckle or, thinking slightly differently, a non-invasive bamboo.  The soil is loam/clay.

Thanks in advance for any help!

17/03/2014 at 17:22

Hello Unweeded...........I'd forget the C. armandii..........it enjoys the sun and I suspect wouldn't thank you for an East facing aspect.

You don't mention which is more important...........does it have to be flowering ?  There are some very attractive variegated ivies these days which might do the job.  If you have a border in front of the wall/trellis, you could get your flowering plants in there perhaps ?

18/03/2014 at 14:41

Hi Philippa

Thanks for that.  Flowering isn't essential, though it would be nice.  I'm not generally a fan of ivy, but perhaps I should reconsider.  The section of the garden in front of the wall is a veg patch, so limited flower opportunity there!

18/03/2014 at 14:55

The ivy Hedera algeriensis 'Gloire de Marengo' is a good one, it' has substantial variegated leaves so would provide colour and textural interest. 

18/03/2014 at 19:11

Dove............G de M is nice ...........I use it too.

Unweeded............you could bung some flowers in amongst the veg if you have room - Sweet peas up tripods perhaps or there are other annual climbers which would sit happily and provide you with  a bit of colour - at least for summer.

Hope you do check out the various ivies - small or large leaf - pretty quick growing and will provide habitat for lots of stuff and nesting sites for the smaller birds as well as hiding the Dutch barn.

Have we convinced you yet ?  Whatever you finally decide, be interested to hear as there are most likely other people facing a similar problem - plus just nosey too

18/03/2014 at 19:35

I have G de M for a bit round by the shed. It's sitting there just now waiting to be planted. It's next to a large pot and some yellow primulas and brightens up that area immensely. I'm considering just putting it in the ground there to grow over the shed.

The white climbing Hydrangea - petiolaris - will grow there but it takes a little time to get going. Beautiful once it's established.

18/03/2014 at 19:39

Fairygirl..........I agree about H petiolaris..........does well on an east facing aspect but not evergreen............otherwise it would be a good bet I think

18/03/2014 at 23:03

Thanks Philippa and Fairygirl.  I had thought about the hydrangea, but am really looking for an evergreen: I do have a virginia creeper down there already, which is fine in summer and autumn, but reveals the hulking metal monstrosity come leaf-fall!

I will certainly bear the ivy in mind - I would like to replace the nesting sites lost by felling the trees.  Any thoughts on honeysuckle?

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