Posted: 02/09/2017 at 10:46
Opposite my kitchen window is the wall of our big tin shed/barn. It used to be covered up by a rather nice conifer and a Mahonia, until someone got carried away with a tractor & flail. The Mahonia may grow back, but the tree was beyond help so I have cut the remains down as it made me sad to look at it.
This has left me with a large expanse of corrugated tin to look at and I'd like to cover it up with some climbing plants, instead of replacing the tree. Hopefully climbing plants will not grow out into the road and tempt the flail-man next time he comes round.
The tin wall faces east so gets plenty of sun in the morning, the ground below it grows a fine crop of nettles but I have access to any amount of horse manure so I can improve the soil if needed. The wall is about fifteen feet wide and probably about the same in height, and I plan on hanging some netting from the top of the wall to give the plants something to grip onto.
I was contemplating a Virginia creeper, or a Japanese climbing fern, and a clematis (I happen to have one of these which is growing on in a pot - it is very small - and will be looking for a home soon).
If anyone had any advice, or alternative suggestions I'd be grateful. I have a feeling the first two plants on my list may be too vigorous for the space but any suggestions welcome.