I am new to the forum and relatively new to gardening, my mission this
year is to sort out my garden.
I am wanting a climber which is fast growing, hardy, likes partial
shade, ideally evergreen and if possible something which flowers
although this is not essential.
I know the Russian Vine grows quickly but its looks a bit too straggly
for the 'look' I am wanting.
I am leaning towards virginia creeper but I know this isnt an evergreen
and doesnt flower. I am a bit dubious about going for an evergreen
clematis as a clematis I had last year didnt do well at all.
I have also come across the "Fire Creeper"?
I am currently growing from seed some Cobea (sp?) plant but I would like
something to cover my garage wall asap as it is very unsightly!
Anything which would attract birds or give them somewhere to nest would
be a great bonus!
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> shade, ideally evergreen and if possible something which flowers
> although this is not essential.
> for the 'look' I am wanting.
> and doesnt flower. I am a bit dubious about going for an evergreen
> clematis as a clematis I had last year didnt do well at all.
> something to cover my garage wall asap as it is very unsightly!
> be a great bonus!
Hi Gem, as a grower and seller of plants, this is probably one of the
most frequently asked question, along with it must be salt hardy (living
as I do in Cornwall) and there are three candidates that spring to mind.
The first and probably the most popular is an evergreen honeysuckle
called Lonicera halliana, its fast growing, evergreen, hardy and has
attractive yellow and white sweetly scented summer flowers and does very
well in the shade. Second would be a climbing hydrangea going by the
name of Hydrangea seemanii, its hardy, self clinging, evergreen and
grows well in the shade. Its not as fast growing (initially) as the
former but does the job of covering very well and it has white lace- cap
like flowers in summer. Third would be a shrub that is used against
walls and is called Pyracantha, its relatively quick growing, evergreen,
very hardy and is smothered in white flowers in June, followed by a
stunning display of autumn berries (that the birds love) The only
downside with the very attractive shrub is that its incredibly thorny.
No doubt others will offer alternatives but these are (from experience)
what I'd be planting.
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