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30/03/2013 at 14:40
i want some fast growing good looking ivy to cover a shed wall whats the best ideas for this, thanks
30/03/2013 at 15:49

clematis Montana Elizabeth,in no time you ll have a lovely covering.

30/03/2013 at 18:48
thats nice but will it alsocover my shed in the winter? i do really like it and think i may have one anyway
30/03/2013 at 19:04

Non-variegated ivies grow faster than variegated ones.  Ivy takes a year or so to develop a good root system then takes off, IME. It is then hard to get rid of! There are some evergreen clematis, of course, such as armandii, as well as evergreen honeysuckle. Clematis armandii grows fast but is not always hardy. Obviously, that kind of thing needs support. I have read that persian ivy (hedera colchica) is fast growing, but haven't grown it.

30/03/2013 at 19:17

Not sure about Ivy but Clemantis cirrhosa - jingle bells is an evergreen, can't remember the name of the other one which I grow, non invasive but has rigorous growth. Flowers at Christmas time or shortly afterwards.   

30/03/2013 at 20:36

Ivy will cover your shed - unless you trim it very regularly and keep it under control it will also get under the eaves and force it's way between the walls and the roof making both unstable - it will suck the moisture from any foundations causing them to crumble.  The only thing likely to do more damage is Russian Vine 


30/03/2013 at 21:26
the sheds only wood, i like the sound of the Clemantis cirrhosa i also like the sound of the one that flowers at christmas
30/03/2013 at 23:33

Just bear in mind that winter flowering clematis are not quite as hardy as summer flowering ones, which are generally very tough. They need wires or trellis to support them because they are not self-clinging.

31/03/2013 at 10:35

I've got Clematis cirrhosa Freckles but I wouldn't call it fast-growing. Had it about 5 years now and it's about 2m tall, up an obelisk. It does indeed flower throughout winter though.

01/04/2013 at 13:36
Honeysuckles would fit the bill..and that scent.
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