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What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:38

I've just got a few bricks a year after planting, it is definitely time to find something!

I'm unsure if plants need to be evergreen and what sort of height.  Does one need to have plants that are not very thirsty/hungry so that the clematis are not competing?

The two clematis I have are in full sun.

Also, is it true that honeysuckle also likes it's roots in the shade?

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:40

Thanks for the feedback.

Escallonia sounds interesting, if I grow on of the ones that gets quite high (4 - 8 metres in 5 - 10 years will it get to the top of a 6 ft fence in only a few years?

Damp soil for it might be a problem though as it is a sunny sight.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 10:14

I had about six metres of south west facing fence to fill which we look out onto and is by the patio. The ceanothus is growing well, I have a decidious honeysuckle and two decidious clematis but I wanted an evergreen plant near the house so that some of the fence is covered all year.  I got clematis armandii and after initally growing well the growing tips died after some strong spring winds and then the leaf tips started going brown.

I made a mistake as I grew sunflowers near it and this finished it off I think with the hot weather.  There is a gap between the fence and house which creates a wind tunnel effect although that area may always be windy as it is in the corner of our 100ft garden.  I'd love an evergreen climber but they all say they need a sheltered site, that is why I got the euonymous as I think I read it can cope with a windy site.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 09:53

I thought 'climb' might be the wrong word!  I've got wires due to the failed clematis but I was keen to find out if it will grow to the top of the (6 ft) fence as I'd like next-doors carport obscured.


Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 09:45

I got one of these for £2 from the garden centre:

The label says it will grow to 2 metres if against a fence but no mention of this on the RHS website.  Will it creep up the fence and how does it cling on?

I'm trying to fill a spot where I've already had one failure (clematis armandii - too windy) and I want another plant to work out as planned!

Thanks for any info.

Question about blueberries

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 21:21

I'd like to get some blueberry plants and put them in containers (alkaline soil in the garden so can't go there).  I've read it is best to have more than one plant so that they pollinate each other.

Will this work if one buys three different plants that crop through the season, say draper, bluecrop and aurora? Or does one need two of each then?

Thanks for any info.

Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 11:02

Thanks for the extra info about covers and fleeces.

Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:45

Just in case there is a stampede for the Wilkinson greenhouse I got this Gardman 4 tier one for £14.99 today from my local garden centre:

It has a reinforced cover so hopefully will be worth the extra £5 compared to the Wilkinson one.

Our garden centre is part of but it is on a deal - double that price normally.

Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 09:54

Wow fantastic advice.  I won't start seeds too early, and the greenhouse looks very good.  Hopefully I'll get one before the stampede!

Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:16

Thanks for the info, I won't start sowing now and the north facing window is ruled out! I'll search for cheap cold frames or DIY options.

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