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Please can you recommend a Clematis that will tolerate a North facing position? It will be on the front of our house growing on trellis. We have just removed all the ivy as it was becoming invasive and hard to control but want to replace it with a bird friendly alternative, preferably evergreen.


  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,393

    I don't think any of the evergreen clematis' will do well on a north facing wall. 

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,704

    There are a number of Clematis' that will do well in that location.

    I suggest you look on the RHS site, under climbers for shade, that should help.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,852

    If you have enough space a North aspect is ideal for a climbing hydrangea. Some cultivars are evergreen, e.g. H. seemannii. It won't grow on a trellis but will attach itself directly to the wall (and will NOT harm it).

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,130

    Bird friendly and evergreen means pyracantha which can be trained on wires or trellis panels.  They provide shelter for birds and insects as well as pollen and nectar from the spring blossom and then berries in autumn in either red, orange or yellow depending on variety.  The red berries are eaten faster than the orange and then the yellows.

    All sorts of clematis will grow on a north facing wall and be happy but not so much the evergreens.  However, if you can find one, this looks like a good contender -

    Try the specialist clematis nurseries such as Hawthorne, Taylor's, Thorncroft and Raymond Evison and make sure you're getting the right one.

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