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Growing honeysuckle and montanas on a shared trellis. What to do?

FireFire Posts: 17,116
@Obelixx noted that after a few years montanas can turn into birds nests with tangled, dead, brown material. Can I ask how you all handle that if it's growing on a party fence? 🥂  I planted several montanas and loads of honeysuckle planted on a shared, shady trellis. The honeysuckle was a mistake and looks like a brown mass of dead twigs at eye level as it's all grown up and towards the better light. I think the montanas will turn into a problem too. I can just about keep my side looking ok, ish, but I'm aware that on my neighbour's side it looks horrendous. That was not the idea at all. We are good friends and I go over to his place a couple of times a year to clear things up (he's not a gardener). Are honeysuckle and clems just not a good idea on a shared fence or trellis? I'm starting to think so.

Both the montanas and HS have served their purpose, which was to create a green, fast growing screen between the two houses, but still, have created problems. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,005
    I don’t  like mixing anything with Montana’s, they do look awful through the winter but are beautiful once they start to leaf.  It’s difficut to trim them up, one of ours we just cut right down to the base as it was everywhere, it’s nice now, but your left with bare for couple of years. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    Plants aren't really good at "sides". The flowers will always tend to be on the sunny side so the other side will look a bit naff/less lovely. You've just done it on a grand scale.  :)
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,005
    Montana’s are good at sides though. I have one planted on the north side of the garden, it’s equally good on both sides. It’s now going right along the road in the ‘back side. And it’s not on a skate board😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Mine are fine with sides as the garden runs north to south. My montys get morning sun and evening sun. I'm thinking of planting more - maybe a Mayleen - that will spread over various neighbours' (ugly, unused) sheds as well as my own. Is that unethical? Esp if ugly in winter? Another ethical conundrum....
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