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anthony mcglen

Hi there all

i have some nice neighbours that put in a six foot fence.i would like to grow some climbing plants on it. could you give me some advice.

the fence causes a two or three foot shadow on my side so plants will be in the shade in the morning.

many thanks  

new gardener

anthony mcglen

hi Sara 4

lets hope someone can help us out.

i tryed to grow climbing roses but the leaves went pale green/yellow.

light prob me thinks


Akebia and Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea) come to mind as does most Clematis and even the Kiwi Vine.

Has the nieghbour said that you can grow things on their fence? If it is theirs then you have no right to touch it - so no staining, painting, hanging clothes lines, plants etc on it. Better to ask (on paper in case they move) before adding vines to it.


What you can do, even if the neighbours don't want you growing things on their fence or you don't want to ask, is erect a free-standing trellis right up against it and grow things up that.  A trellis looks much better than a bare fence in winter when your climbers have gone to sleep, too.  It's very easy to do - just drive in a 6 foot long 2" x 2" stake every 6 feet and use 6 foot long trellis panels (or expanding trellis packs), screwing it to the stakes.  Treat it with a fence treatment before planting and you won't have to maintain it for at least 5 years.


I would agree with Bob.


anthony mcglen

thanks all for all your replies.

no probs with the nieghbours can put what i want on it. have a Clematis planted at the moment and is very sad for its self.thankyou blairs for the sugestion of  Hydrangea petiolaris i take it that it dont mind been in the shade in the morning.

thanks again


Most Clematis will be happy Anthony but I wouldn't personally put Hydr. petiolaris on a fence- it's more suited to a wall. If you've lanted recently don't worry- many plants are taking a little time to establishbecause of the poor spring- they don't know if they're coming or going! Just take time to prepare the site properly before you plant anything. There may be a fair bit of compaction of the ground if the fence is newly done. You can also put in shrubs which will be happy trained against a fence and that will give you a bit more scope. Escallonia and Ceanothus to name a couple. They like a decent free draining soil but if you don't have that there are others you can try.

anthony mcglen

hi all just thought i would give some update to my fence problem that you all comment about.

well the climbing red rose  that i planted but do not know the name is growing now and i have had two flowers on it. the clemits also started to grow and is about two or two and half foot tall with one single bud on it. bothe plants are getting a lot more sun since june.

thanks again for the help

I have Boston ivy on fence with plain ivy ,they both olily get after no eve sun but reward me will a lovely display. took a couple of year to really get going ,but now they self cling and change colours though the season 

anthony mcglen

very nice julia  much better than a plain fence


Glad it's going well Anthony 

I should have clarified before that Hydr. petiolaris is great  because it grows best in shade so it would have been ideal, and although I said I prefer it on walls that doesn't mean you can't grow it on a fence - in fact I have a fence here that it would be ideal for! It's evergreen too so it's a good alternative to ivies if you want to screen the fence all year round (and let's be honest - they're not attractive things!) and has large flat heads of white flowers. Boston ivy has great Autumn colour so that's a lovely climber to use too thought not evergreen.


my neighbours fence is covered on ivy

comes through from their side.. i leave it for bees and buttterflies etc.. and look green all year



 I grow a Hydrangea petiolaris up my six foot fence without any problems. I trim it off at the top. The blackbirds love to nest in it. The fence does belong to me though. You could always plant small trees and bushes to make an attractive screen.

anthony mcglen

thankyou all for your replys the clemitis has not opened its bud yet so will put a pic up when it dose


Hydranga Petiolaris is lovely once it gets going, but it can be a bit slow.  It enjoys a north-facing aspect, but ours is not evergreen, is that unusual?

Gardenfanatic, perhaps I'm odd, but I wouldn't let an ivy plant get that out of control, especially if it wasn't mine.  And those ash trees seem to be too near the fence in the background.


There is a historic wall at the end of my garden where we have grown a number of plants over the last 15 years.  The land has recently been bought by a developer and he wants to knock the wall down and rebuild.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this


me london

If the wall is on his land and it's his wall, I guess not. Have you talked to him about it? seems strange that he wants to rebuild it - I wonder if it's damaged?

I have had a Hydrangea Petiolaris growing on a south facing fence it's been there for around 10 years now and it is true that blackbirds love to nest in it as we had a nest this time last year. I took a layered cutting from it about 5 years ago and after growing it in a pot for a couple of years I have planted it behind my garage facing north, it has been there for 3 years and it looks like it is growing well. Good valued plant.

Not a lot unfortunately.  A new neighbour recently moved in to the house (and garden) that runs along my back fence.  The previous owners planted all sorts of climbing plants (hydrangea, pyracantha, ivy, rambling rose, jasmine, etc), all down their side of the fence, which came over the top and came over into my garden, which I didn't mind because I just incorporated it into my garden.  It also provided some screening / privacy between each of us.  Unfortunately, they moved out and new lady moved in and she has completely decimated EVERYTHING in her garden including removing all the climbing plants on the fence so all I have now is a complete blank fence.  To add insult to injury, when she removed the plants, she chopped the climbers off at the top of the fence so everything that was growing on my side just fell I to a heap on my side of the fence and squashed all my plants growing there.  She didn't come around to ask if she could take it away and just left it to me to clear up.  Took two weekends to clear it and take it to green recycling in my car (my petrol).  Somebody said I should have thrown in back over but I'm not one for conflict and as a new neighbour I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt she would evenaturally pop around and apologise. She never did.

I spotted her the other weekend taking pruning shears to another neighbours ivy climbing over the other neighbours garage, with the only offence seemingly that because the garage runs along her garden she thinks she has a right to chop the ivy back.


That last post was directed to Amelia3.  Tried to quote your post but didn't work.