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Climbing plants in Scotland

Can anyone suggest a good climber that I can grow in a planter and have it climb up my garden fence for the scottish climate?

The fence area would have partial shade early morning with sun (hopefully) mid afternoon to late evening. 

I like star jasmine and sweetpea as these seem to be well scented. I also like the idea of the Jasmine as this us evergreen. 

This is my first attempt at growing any plants. Would this suit ?

Many thanks. 



  • Most of the usual climbers grow in gardens all over Scotland. Go for the ones you like, and that are for sale in your local centres, they'll be fine. 

  • Thanks for that. ?

  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053

    I agree with Dan. You can grow whatever you like (maybe not bouganville?). The idea of sweetpeas is nice, but they might do better in the ground rather than in a pot. They look great in a pot with a wigwam type structure but it might not give you the covering you are looking for on a fence. Always worth a try though.

    I have a fence with ivy, and as long as you keep it clipped and tidy, it gives good coverage. I also grow all sorts of Clematis, Honeysuckle, Jasmine and Climbing Roses, my favourites being Pauls Scarlet and New Dawn. Just try anything and keep battling on against the Scottish weather.


    SW Scotland
  • Thank you Purplerain. My whole garden is patio style.... I don't have ground for planting. But I have plenty space I could try the sweet peas Wigwam style. 

    It really is a blank canvas I have so I want to make sure I make the right choices first time. ?

  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053

    It's lovely, and a blank canvas as you say. I think the most important thing is to find out about how to keep your plants healthy in pots. I use the search box here all the time and never fail to come away with good advice. Post a picture in Summer and let us see how you got on. Good luck.

    SW Scotland
  • I will do..... and thank you again for taking the time to post your advice. ?

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    The secret with pots is that the bigger the better. A few very large pots will give you better options for planting than a dozen small pots (and much less work). Group them together, perhaps with some large cobbles at their base to add another dimension. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Thanks hogweed .... I like that idea. I will give it a go. 

    I appreciate your advice. ?

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