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Climber (or similar) for near front door


Hope all well! Soggy here, so I am planning...

I am a keen 'allomenter' but I know nothing of normal plants so I'm a little stuck.

I’d like to have a nice smelling flowering climber outside our front door, and perhaps going around the bay window. Nothing that would damage the wall though.

The sun comes up on the front of the house in the morning (coming from the right as you walk out the front door)

Any suggestions? 

oh and it may (or may not) need to go in a pot...

Have attached a photo of front 'garden' here.

Thank you for all your help and suggestions in advance.





  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,434

    You could grow sweet peas in a pot, up a frame.

  • Oh thank you! I do love sweet peas but I'm looking for something more permanent and all year round...

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    Whatever you plant there will need some support if it's not a self-clinger.  Are you envisaging an arch over the door, a trellis or wires and vine eyes on the wall, or an obelisk to one side of the door?  What you decide on will help us to come up with some options. 

    Perhaps you can find some photos online of the sort of effect you would like. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Trachelospermum Jasminoides is the perfect plant for you - it has beautiful scented flowers and leaves are every green - going a beautiful crimson colour in winter. Some people say it is delicate but I have one on my garage wall that gets through all winters well. It needs to be in a sunny position though!

    You have to a trellis up for it to climb on as I don't think it is self clinging

  • JoneskJonesk Posts: 205

    What about a wisteria? That would look beautiful trained over the door and bay window?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    That could be a photo of a front garden we used to have image

    Whatever climber you grow will need some form of support, whether it be an arch over the door, trellis or vine eyes and wires fixed to the wall or an obelisk. (unless you're going for a self-clinger like an ivy, which I doubt as you don't want to damage the walls). 

    If you let us know the sort of effect you're hoping for (maybe you can find some pictures online?) then we will be better able to come up with some planting options for you. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946

    Oh, I've said that already image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    You'll need a trellis, they're easy to set up. Do you like honeysuckle?

  • All lovely ideas. Do you have a preference for which time of year you want flowers? Another fun thing to go up a wall is Chaenomeles, the Japanese quince, which has flowers in the very early spring. It needs careful pruning to ensure the most flowering spurs. Wisteria is excellent, as you can let its stems go up in the narrow space beside a door and then train across to allow the flowers to cascade downwards. But it will need a firm hand, pruning twice a year (and therefore up a ladder). Trachelospermum, which someone suggested, on my wall has decided it does want to self-cling and I was startled to find last summer that it had gone right up to the second storey!

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    I've had mt trachelosprrmum 3yeara& it's done nothing yet...obviously I'll suggest a rose, there are quite a few that would be fine east facing, then choose your colour& decide if it has to go in a pot, David Austin website is fab ( I spend far too much time looking at it!) 

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