Climbers or Trailers
Hi enthusiast, lots of experimentation this year and looking for advise, recomendations or just to let you know what I have done. While updating house insulation, windows, etc, I got to looking at living walls and their thermal qualities and was impressed. However the cost of the "kits" was ridiculous, the home made pockets and wall mounted pallets were all good ideas but I was looking for minimal maintenance so looked at climbers. I wanted evergreen with nice flowers and a range of flowering to cover the year, under our front window, I have three Pittosporum (tenuifolium TomThumb) nice and bushy and easiley trimmed to size and gives 20-30 cm of "insualtion" with a few mint plants inbetween so a nice smell as well. The west side of the house was the big problem ful height, full width for upper half, garage at lower back lever. Climbers were the answer but everyone has roses and while nice a bit much I thought so recalling a clematis we had many years ago, I went searching and found a evergreen Clematis Armandii. While searching evergreen I came across Eccremocarpus scaber (Chilean glory flower) with its orange trumpet like flowers, it looked great. Planted and left they shot up the wall to full height in less than two years, a good pruning plan would have made the lower area more populated and its not quite "climbing" to its right so a rethink lead to planting a Jasmin into the corner and training this over the lower half again giving a change at this level and then adding some home made troughs above the garage to add to the "mass" on this side all glory flower.
I thought the glory flower was great, nice green leaves over winter, masses and masses of organge flowers, it self seeds and each flower becomes a seed pod with over 50 seeds n each pod. I cultivated over 300 this year and as with any experimenation not all make it, the warm April and then sudden frosts and snow at the end of the month took its toll but on the whole most survived and I have used many for fence covering and features as well as giving loads away to friends. The feasture pictured Im keeping well pruned to make it thick lower down before climbing to the top of the oberlisk.
So now comes to the title Climbers or Trailers, the glory flower is a fast climber and its tenderils cling to anything even other plants but does not cause any damage, however with no support the long stems fall over, if done suddenly they snap, if gradual they bend and happlity grown down as a hanging trailing plant.
This fence covering has some 12 plants in it between two blue berry bushes, on close up (belwo) can you spot the big "trailers", from bottom left you can see the biggest, almost 5 feet up and five feet down, above this is another and to the right another, this is making the covering very thick in less than 4 months its almost 6 inches thick at its thickest
Another fence covering (another oberlisk in the forground), again only four months old,
below is the other side of this fence, (taken 7:30 on a sunny morning) the glory flower is being trained through the fence to cover the top of what ever my wife planted many years ago as ground cover, all I