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What would you grow on that fence?

I am looking for some ideas for climbers to grow on these 2 wooden fences. 
The first fence is in full shade (see the first picture). The soil is light clay & alkaline.
The back of our garden is a big work in progress at the moment as I want to transform it into a large formal Potager and this will be the entrance of it.
The second fence (which you can see in the background of the second picture, on top of the stone wall) is in full sun. Behind is where we have the beehive and this will be an area dedicated to growing cut flowers. Again the soil is light clay & alkaline. What I think would be nice is to grow something bee friendly.
I don't mind about deciduous or evergreen climbers. However I want to stick with white/ purple or blue tones of flowers.
My problem is that I currently have too many ideas and I do not know how to narrow them down so I would be interested to see other people suggestions.
Thanks in advance !



  • FireFire Posts: 17,332
    I think the fences look great as is. Some thoughts for the sunny spot:

    - blue/mauve/white perennial sweet peas - very easy. Nitrogen fixing. 
    - A white, repeating climbing rose
    - step-over-type apples - espalier style against the fence
    - solanum laxum 'Album'
    - hardy kiwi, like Actinidia arguta 'Issai'. (I don't know if it would work there, but it might be fun)
    - white wisteria - nitrogen fixing plant.

    For most of these - should you chose to accept them - would need a stronger fence to support them...

  • I never heard of white wisteria before, always known the purple one but I really love the idea of it. I suppose the fence could be reinforced as the plant grow. Great idea thank you! 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,332
    The space looks amazing. Good luck with it all.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,964
    edited May 2018
    I would grow a single variety of white rambling rose.  There are a number of varieties suited to growing in fairly shaded conditions (such as here for a north wall). The rose would still allow you to enjoy the structure of the fence, and open the space in winter once the leaves are off.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,214
    Blue Onion. When I click the link in your post ⤴it tells me the website https cannot be found. 
    West Yorkshire
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,964
    Thanks.. I must have missed out on deleting the starter HTTP before I pasted.

    Utah, USA.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    What is the fence made of, it doesn’t look very strong, especially for a climbing rose or wisteria, may be better to dig a little border in front and plant some perennials. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    What a beautiful spot!!
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,214
    Thanks Blue Onion, Some lovely roses there. 
    West Yorkshire
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,964
    Yeah.. I want about a dozen of them.  I've never had much luck with roses though.  There were three when we moved in.. which have managed to survive my efforts.. but they never thrive.  I've purchased at least three others over the years, which all died over the winter.  
    Utah, USA.
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