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Suggestions for replacement plant for my deceased Clianthus

Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142
Our lovely Clianthus succumbed to the Beast from the East this year and despite some tlc and gentle pruning it has continued to deteriorate and is now past the point of no return. Such a shame. Anyway, we are now considering an alternative. Pics from last year:

Aspect is facing due South and protected from winds and extremes of temperature (other than this years real extreme!) as it sits in the corner of the house and the garage. The pergola also has glass panels above the french door area giving further micro-climate effects.

Ideally looking for an evergreen. A climber would be fine. Some colour would be great. We've got a couple of Trachelospermum so looking for something different. Any good suggestions folks?


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited July 2018
    I’m sorry to hear about the Clianthus. It’s a pity you want evergreen. I was thinking about Sesbania Puniceus, the Scarlett Wisteria. They can be wall trained but not evergreen. If you have moist soil there, they will thrive. Only down side is they’re only frost hardy. 

    Another shrub that looks best wall trained is Coronilla Valentina Glauca ‘Citrina’. A lovely blue grey leaf shrub with small lemon flowers from early spring right through to summer on and off later in the year. This one is more or less evergreen. As long as they have wall protection, the leaves stay on. 
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142
    Thanks @Borderline

    Evergreen is not essential however the soil there is relatively dry due to the south-facing aspect and the adjacent garage and patio(s) drawing out the moisture. Maybe too dry for the Scarlett Wisteria? It can be watered of course. That bed is currently under landscape fabric and limestone chippings. 

    The Coronilla looks a decent option. I note it has a hardiness rating of H4 vs the H3 of the Clianthus which is beneficial too.

    Thanks again and if anyone else has any more ideas to throw in the ring that would be great.
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142
    Bump  :)
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