Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:22
In our front garden the border to the road is formed by various mature plants. I have just pruned back an overgrown weigela and pulled away lots of ivy (I don't like ivy) and uncovered a thick dead trunk/stump which I had thought was the weigela but is not. It's too entwined with other things to remove, and also looks quite nice structurally. It's about 3-4 ft tall but branches spread about 10ft wide. I'd like to plant a climber to clamber over it. I'd like the climber to flower about now (or some time between late May and August), as the other plants (weigela, kerria japonica) have finished so some colour now-ish would look good. The front garden has a Japanese feel, with acer, tamarisk, tree peony, anemones but not worried about being too "authentic". The border faces west and is pretty sheltered from wind. cool roots (eg for clematis) would be no problem with ivy covering the floor area. So, any suggestions for an attractive, not-thuggish, flower-heavy, flowering-now/soon climber?