Hi folks. I have an idea which may or may not work and need some of you
more experienced gardeners to let me know. Thanks in advance for your
help! Our chimney is on the front of our house and we're wanting to put
in a trellis and some sort of climbing plant to dress it up a bit. The
problem is, we have existing boxwood shrubs in front of the chimney
which we dont want to remove. My question is...is there a climber which
would be good to plant there behind the existing shrub which would (1)
do ok without direct sunlight on it's lower area (near the ground) and
(2) climb upwards to fill out the trellis but not start spreading into
the shrub or cover the ground beneath the shrub? Any ideas you have
would be great! (Note: we're in zone 6.)
A couple of years back I planted a hybrid Flying Saucer Morning Glory
on the back fence. It really is a beautiful plant, with gorgeous
blooms. I can tell you one thing, don't obtain one of these plants if
you are looking for something easy to control. . .I swear that thing
grows about a yard a day!
Last summer, I went on a little trip, and when I came back, it was over
the gazebo, in the Cherry tree, and on it's way to the neighbor's
house! . .Totally amazing!
I've seen beautiful Clematis however. . .and yes, they are very nice -
a little easier to handle.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Sounds like Clematis is it! I
haven't thoroughly checked the area yet but I think there's a decent
amount of soil there. Just to verify this with those of you who've
grown clematis before...is it pretty easy to keep in check? How often
(if at all) do you think I'd have to trim it to prevent invasion into
the shrub? Or does clematis usually prefer to climb upwards rather than
out? Thanks for your help!
Clematis climbs upward. When they're very healthy, they'll grow outward a
bit. Actually, it's more a matter of there being too many branches to fit
onto the trellis, so they'll twine around the nearest thing. But, they don't
grip so tightly that they'll strange the bush, and it's easy to pull them
off. And, in winter, the grippers (whatever they're called) become brittle,
like dry twigs, so they're easy to pull off of whatever they've gotten cozy
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